Police Probe Video of Fight Club Thailand

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The video of unsanctioned fights on the streets of Bangkok, so-called Fight Club Thailand is a subject of interest for capital’s Police department.

The footage of multiple clips uploaded on YouTube displays an ungoverned one-on-one fighting. The locals and foreigners contest one another wearing a minimum protection. The group called Fight Club Thailand is reportedly in charge of organizing the events. Certain clips see the weigh-in procedure as well as the rule-talk and involvement of a referee. However, instead of the boxing stadium, it all happens on the streets. Such kind of unregulated competition goes against the Thailand’s Boxing Act B.E. 2542 (1999).

Bangkok city police chief Sanit Mahathaworn said that the matter is under police investigation. The organizing of street fights is punishable by a year in prison and/or a 20.000 baht (approx $757 AUD) fine.

“Let me ask you, what’s in the videos, is that boxing?” Sanit said on Tuesday.

“Everyone who’s seen it knows whether it’s boxing or not. If they want to dispute that, they can contest their cases in court.”

According to Khaosod one of the organizers, Chakkrapong Pirom advised on Amarin TV that everything they do is safe.

“We only have one round, which lasts for three minutes,”

“As for medical aid, if there were injuries during the boxing, we would give them first aid, but if they were serious, we would send them to hospital right away.”

The Fight Club Thailand account on YouTube contains dozens of videos. The date of the first uploaded clip is July 3, 2016. ‘Free Fight Free Time,’ says in its description. The latest footage was published this morning. As of today, the most popular clip gained over 670K views.

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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.

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