Craig Dickson and Jordan “Deachkalek” Coe set to fight in Malaysia, Sept 6th

On the 5th & 6th of September Kedah will be hosting one of Malaysia’s biggest Muay Thai events of the year- The ‘Z-1 Chief Minister’s Cup Muay Thai Championship 2014′.

5th and 6th September 2014
Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Last years ‘Royal Kedah World Muay Thai Challenge’ show in Langkawi saw two Sumalee nak muay on the fight card, Parinya and Scottish sponsored fighter, Craig Dickson. Both won their fights in impressive style, putting on a great show for the local crowd. Parinya Sumalee defeated Simon Jen from Sweden with some powerful attacks and a smart defense.

Fight of the evening had to have gone to Craig Dickson who faced the much taller Pet Ubon from Thailand. Pet Ubon took the lead on points throughout the match and used his long reach to keep most of Craig’s attacks at a distance. That is until the final round when Craig’s undying tenacity and explosive boxing broke through Pet Ubon’s defense leading to victory by way of TKO.

After such great fights Z-1 International didn’t hesitate to contact us for this year’s Chief Mnisters Cup and we were able to arrange fights for Craig Dickson and his fellow Scot, Jordan “Deachkalek” Coe. Both of our nak muay will be in ‘Super Fights’ as the main events on Saturday the 6th of September.

Jordan “Deachkalek” Coe (Scotland) VS Qhalid Saripan (Malaysia)
Craig Dickson (Scotland) VS Bow Suweilek (Thailand)

Qualid Saripan is a Malaysian fighter, best known for his accurate and deadly spinning elbows. Jordan Coe will be thirsty for a win after defeat at the hands of Alex Dass Rey on Koh Samui earlier this month. Bow Suweilek looks like a good match up for Craig with a chin of steel and great all round style but our money would be on the Scot if his last fight with Anvar Boynazarov is anything to go by!

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Sumalee Student hits the headlines after incredible weight loss!

Ross Connor, from Peterborough in the UK, has featured heavily in recent online news stories after his incredible weight loss at our camp in Phuket, Thailand. The change was so dramatic that, upon leaving The Kingdom Of Thailand, officials did not believe that Ross’ passport photo was him! It was only until he showed them progress photos that he was allowed to pass through immigration.

Ross joined us at Sumalee Boxing Gym early last year. He was extremely overweight at 125kg and had a staggering 39% body fat. Ross put this down to a less than nutritious diet, habitual junk food binges and no exercise. His social life suffered and, in turn, so did his confidence. He even dreaded getting on the bus for fear of the discrimination and stares that he would sometimes get.

His journey to fitness was not without it’s challenges. At the beginning of his stay the young brit could not complete a full 2 hour group training session. Kicks and knees were a new experience and he was engaging muscles he had not used in years. Over time, Ross found things became easier as the weight dropped off. He was able to utilise his entire body and develop some of the techniques he had learnt from our trainers.

“I’d watch my idols boxing, and I thought to myself, if they can lose weight at a boxing camp before a fight – then so can I”

By Christmas of 2013 Ross looked like a new man, he had lost 35kg and 10% body fat, a life-changing difference. His time in Phuket was up and he travelled to America to spend some time with his family and young nephews, except this time he would have no problems when they wanted to go for a walk or play in the park. Ross plans to return to Phuket this year to continue his training and finish what he started. Everyone at Sumalee Boxing Gym would like to congratulate Ross on his excellent progress and determination and look forward to seeing him again soon. Read the original articles below.

Daily Mail Online  - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2627264/Obese-boxing-fan-lost-eight-stone-year-long-Thai-fitness-camp-stopped-way-home-border-guards-didnt-recognise-ID-photo.html

Metro UK - http://metro.co.uk/2014/05/13/fat-boxer-who-lost-incredible-eight-stone-during-thailand-training-camp-detained-at-airport-because-no-one-believed-he-was-the-same-person-4726891/