YOU could say it was the world against Adelaide battler Tom Wilkins and the world didn’t stand a chance.
The determined Young Lions Muay Thai fighter is now a world champion after overcoming a string of bad luck — including a nasty motorbike accident and losing his job — in a world series fight tournament in Bangkok last month.
The 26-year-old, led by his coach Rav Sidhu, travelled to Thailand with teammate Sarah Cord Udy for the World Muay Thai Organisation (WMO) Pro-Am competition which ran from March 18-22. More than 51 countries were represented at the tournament.
Wilkins fought three times in three days, conquering Greece, Italy and then Philippines in the final to win the 71kg title.
“Just the support I received has meant so much to me,” Wilkins said after winning the belt.
Donations from friends and teammates helped fund Wilkins’ trip to Thailand.
And 24-year-old Cord Udy also came away with a championship belt with a solid win over a tough Thai opponent at 67kg.
Cord Udy prepared for the showdown in Thailand for five months and has had a number of fights in Australia.
“Being trained by Rav, who is a two-time World Lightweight Champion himself gave me insight into how to win in Thailand as the scoring is different to the way they score here in Adelaide,” she said.
Sidhu is the head trainer at Young Lions Muay Thai in Blackwood. He will be heading back to Bangkok soon to fight at the famous Rajadernern Stadium.
Originally published as Young Lions win big in Bangkok showdown
SOURCE: newsnow sport