Wombat Sports is declaring July “Future Stars” month. We are going to profile some of those fighters under the age of 18 that will be the future of combat sports; be it MMA, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
If you have a fighter under 18 you want to be featured comment below.
Welsh fighter Lauren Huxley has dove in Muay Thai kickboxing, which has a lot more frequency of matches in the United Kingdom. She trains at the Thai Boxing Wales club at Swansea, Wales. The all female R-Awakenings promotion has also took her under their wing to help support the next generation of Muay Thai fighters.
Wombat Sports: What got you interested in getting involved in combat sports?
Lauren Huxley: Well firstly before going into Muay Thai, I was playing football for Swansea Girls football academy, so I have always been into my sports. What got me into Muay Thai was that me and my mum took my brother to WPT Wales Thai Boxing gym to see what Muay Thai was all about and straight away, I got hooked on to it and wanted to do it just to start for fitness. But after a few months my instructor spotted my talent then got me into competing.
Wombat: What do you enjoy about it?
Huxley: I enjoy everything about training Muay Thai and competing as it develops my experience, my skill and technique. I love the adrenaline rush before getting into the ring and everyone cheering for me. I really enjoy training in my Muay Thai classes as I get along with everyone and we are all good friends, the atmophere in the gym is always a delight to be in.
W.S.: How have your friends and classmates reacted to it?
L.H.: At first my friends and classmates didn’t understand what Muay Thai was as it isn’t a very popular sport in the area I live in. It wasn’t until they saw video footage of me competing that they realized how serious it was. My close friends respect me and my choice and support me. Sometimes they find it difficult to understand why i aren’t able to socialize with them as much as i would like to due to training commitments. Sometimes I get negative comments but it is usually through a anonymous source so i just ignore as it motivates me to do better and become successful.
W.S.: How about your family?
L.H.: All my family support me, and come to watch when my fights are local. My mum and dad are at every fight. When fighting for the WKA British Championship my dad was my corner man which was a great highlight in my career.
W.S.: Who do you look up to in fighting?
L.H.: I look up to Julie Kitchen especially for what she has achieved. I relate more to Iman Barlow because of our simular age and we both know what it is like to sacrifice social nights out with friends. But i respect all female fighters that step into the ring, especially my opponents.
W.S.: How do you feel about the future of females in Muay Thai?
L.H.: I feel positive about the future of female Muay Thai as there are a multiple of successful female fighters and it is becoming more popular. Especially with organisations such as yourself and Awakening-Female Fighters raising profile’s of Female Muay Thai.
W.S.: What comes naturally to you in fighting?
L.H.: When fighting my composure and aggression comes natural to me, also my punching combinations with my kicks following through. My ability to be able to read my opponents when i’m in the ring.
W.S.: What have you found difficult?
L.H.: In the beginning I fought at a heavier weight of what I am now and have found it difficult to be matched up so which is why I chose to drop weight. Obviously I don’t like loosing but on the one occasion of loosing my fight i used it as a learning curve.
W.S.: What are your aspirations in fighting?
L.H.: My aspirations are to be as successful as the people who have inspired me, I hope to pass on my knowledge of Muay Thai to other people and further my fighting and professional career.
W.S.: Anyone you’d like to thank/add?
L.H.: I’d like to thank Paul Wheel of WPT Wales (my instructor) and all the other instructors at the gym for teaching me. Rew Mitchell of Awakening-Female Fighters for sponsoring me, and my family for supporting me all the way.