Toby Smith Full of Muay Thai Fighting
Toby Smith seconds after his TKO win over John Wayne Parr on 21st June 2014 in Melbourne, Vic / Pic: William Liu

Australian leading muay thai-boxer Toby Smith is fighting Eakchanachai Kaewsamrit on the 5th of March in Melbourne, Victoria.

Perth-born Toby Smith has been a little muaythai sensation since young age. Under the guidance of his father Blair, who’s spent quite a bit of time inside the boxing ring himself, Smith Jr was taking on grown up men during his teenage years.

“This is not about the age, it is about the weight! It is about your mental strength and hard training you must do” – one of the wisdom sayings you can hear from Blair quite often. Also trust me, it is practically impossible not to hear when Blair is talking.

Moreover it has all paid off or come to the logical conclusion, whichever you like. After a few years of renowned dedication and hard work, Smith has built his way up, established the name, and as a result he has practically run out of the opponents here in Australia. Don’t get me wrong, nothing happens that quickly. Rome wasn’t built in a day either.

Earlier Smith has, of course, fought in the undercard of the local shows in his home town. He later was seen fighting famous Englishman Reece McAllister in the main card of the WKN world championship fight night with Nathan “Carnage” Corbett and Pavel Zhuravlev. Then Smith took all 8 man tournament, which consisted of the solid fighters from all around Australia, such as Wes Capper, Mike Demetriou, Harlee Avison and others. Well, this what comes up on my mind, reflecting on about five years back.

They have started calling Toby Smith “The Weapon”.

Smith then moved to Thailand. The birthplace of the Art of Eight Limbs. One of his goals, I believe, powered by the passion to this sport, was to earn a real respect from those who’ve invented Muay Thai. The number one man has been, of course, always and forever Ramon “Diamond” Dekkers (RIP). He is the one who was an inspiration for Australian living legend John Wayne Parr. Perhaps, Parr was that push for Smith?

Smith has spent around three years in Thailand. While training and living in the camp, he has fought real Thai elite athletes. Among everyone, Smith beat a current, back then, Lumpinee Stadium champion Thongchai Sitsongpeenong. He also defeated Action Decmuaythaipataya at Max Muay Thai live televised show. He has certainly amazed locals with his unstoppable style and skills.

From Thailand Smith visited Australia twice. In June 2014, in the fight which fans across Australia couldn’t wait to see, he stopped John Wayne Parr in round three. It was a blockbuster equal to Corbett vs McKinnon grudge match. A year earlier he has also demonstrated his determination in the bloodbath performance against Superbon Lookjaomaesaivaree. Last time Smith faced a defeat two years ago, when he fought renowned Kem Sitsongpeenong in China.

Australian star vs Top 10 Thai

Now it is the time to get back to business. The next vis-à-vis Smith has to deal with is Eakchanachai. An over 250-fights representative of famous Bangkok gym “Kaewsamrit”.

Eakchanachai is a current prominent fighter from Thailand. He is a 2010 prestigious Rajadamnern Stadium champion with the win over Michael Piscitello from France. In 2011 and 2015 he won WPMF world titles by defeating his country-fellow Kiatchai Singwancha and another Frenchman Remy Vectol. In 2014 Eakchanachai won the “Silver Belt” at Max Muay Thai tournament by beating Aaron Jahn from England. Recently he has claimed the “Golden Belt” over Kanongsuk Chuwattana.

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.