The king of muaythai from Australia, Toby Smith posted on his Facebook and Instagram profiles a rare photograph moments after his debut inside the boxing ring.
Toby Smith aka the Weapon is the first string Australian fighter of the current era of muaythai. Perth-based athlete cemented his name internationally facing off the Top 10 authentic representative of the Art of Eight Limbs. His latest to date challenge was at Nemesis 11 Perth. ‘The Weapon’ battled out against Johane Beausejour of France in the five-round intercontinental encounter.
Smith represents Thai Boxing Pit where he is coached by his father Blair. The second is himself a long time Australian muaythai personality. The camp is nationally known as the factory of elite sportsmen that dedicates its time to hard training, believe in the fair play and competition leading to a victorious outcome. A significant aspect is the constant production of the next generation that stands for Australian pride across the sea.
The recent example emerged in The West Australian with the 8-year-old Perth boy Noah Beckwith getting ready for his first muaythai fight. He takes part at the Supa Siam Cup on November 19 in Brisbane. He indeed has to make a debut outside his home turf due to children aged 12 and under are prohibited to compete in Muay Thai in Western Australia.
9 News Perth posted the reportage on Facebook page titled as the “Fight Debate”. It sees Beckwith kicking pads with Smith as well as sparring with Roy Wills.
The reportage includes the commentary of Dr Andrew Miller of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) that is calling for a ban of Muay Thai stating it is a form of child abuse. Last September AMA called for ban on boxing at Olympics, Commonwealth Games.