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.

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Sumalee Media takes to the skies!

Last week we sent Sumalee Media on an aerial adventure to capture the gym and it’s surrounding areas from a truly unique perspective, 1000ft up!

The Sumalee Media team drove just a few kilometres away from the gym to the nearby Phuket Airpark where they met local pilot, Pat James. After some quick safety checks, air traffic control gave him the ok and they took off. Within a few minutes the compact, 4 man aeroplane was circling the gym. Sam took the role of co-pilot whilst Media Manager, Mike, snapped away out of an open side door. Weather conditions were almost perfect and wind was minimal which lead to some great shots!

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Relatively untouched by tourism, Thalang still retains most of it’s beautiful, sprawling vegetation. Sumalee Boxing Gym is set behind the Tha Ruea Chinese Temple and Yeeteng House, just down the road from the iconic Heroines Monument roundabout. These are excellent landmarks if you are trying to find the camp. Our local running route takes you past lush green fields and prawn farms. It’s a different world at 1000ft up!

The Airpark is located just 3km away from Sumalee Boxing Gym, ideal if you’re looking for something spectacular to do during your time here. Pat James can be reached at, or head to the Phuket Airpark website for more information.