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For Max Muay Thai Fighter Samuel Gough, Fighting is the End of Term


Mahidol University is one of Thailand’s most prestigious schools. Located on the West end of Bangkok, students enroll in Mahidol to learn mostly about medicine and health. But getting into and staying at the university requires passing rigorous entrance exams and keeping up with challenging tests at the end of each term.

Just a stone’s throw away from Mahidol is Kiatphontip Gym. Students enroll there for a different kind of course: a course in the art of fighting Muay Thai. And one of those students is Samuel Gough.

Fighting for me is a way to end the training camp,” Gough said. “It’s like a test at the end of the term. You get to put into practice all you’ve been working on the past few weeks.”

Gough, who comes from England, fights regularly on the Sunday night Max Muay Thai show.

Among the sea of Thai and Western faces, it’s hard to miss the Englishman. At 192 centimeters he’s usually the tallest boxer in the locker room. And he uses his height to his advantage.

In seven out of ten of Gough’s wins at Max, he’s stopped his opponents mostly by KO or TKO from within the clinch. His knees and elbows are a thing to witness. So it comes as no surprise that Gough spends a lot of time training in the clinch, sometimes rotating between multiple training partners.

Gough’s next end-of-term test comes this Sunday, December 9th, against Tijl Van Heijningen of the Netherlands.

You can watch Gough fight live on the Max Muay Thai Facebook page or YouTube channel. Or you can download the Max Muay Thai app for iOS or Android.


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