Female Muay Thai: Yolanda Schmidt is fighting Saifa Sor Suparat for Thaphae Boxing Stadium title
Yolanda Schmidt of Australia (r) and Saifa sor Suparat of Thailand (l) at the weigh-in ahead of their encounter for women's muaythai 55 kg Thaphae Boxing Stadium title on February 27, 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yolanda Schmidt is fighting Saifa sor Suparat on Monday February 27 in Thailand.

Born in South Africa, Australian fighter Yolanda Schmidt (22, 8 KOs – 6 – 1) finalizes her journey to the birth place of Muay Thai. Sydney’s school teacher spent two months in Chiang Mai, training and fighting out of the local gym. So far she has added 1-1 record to her complete tale of the tape.

Early January “The Springbok” eliminated Phetlanna Pettonphueng. She then suffered a defeat against Plyfah Sor Nittaya. The decider fight is happening tonight. Schmidt returns to Australia on March 12.

A prominent competitor Saifa sor Suparat forms the opposition for Australian fighter. Thai athlete is a two-time world champion. She holds the WBC and WPMF bantamweight belts.

Excited to get another fight before the month is over Schmidt outlines her next vis-a-vis as “a very tough opponent”. “But I would not have it any other way. If the bout goes in my favor it will make the win all the more sweeter,” she said mid February.

Schmidt and Suparat will square off at the Thaphae Boxing Stadium. Female muaythai fighters will challenge for the 55 kg belt. The bout is scheduled at 5 x 3 minute rounds. The official weigh-in ceremony was held today early morning.

“Weighed in for the Thapae Stadium Title Fight against Saifah Sor Suparat. Anyone around tonight in Chiang Mai, come show your support,” Schmidt captioned the photo posted on her page on Facebook.

In addition, Yolanda Schmidt is one of the 16 contenders in the World Muay Thai Angles tournament. After return to Australia mid next month she again jets to Thailand in April.

“I have to represent South Africa and arrange a national costume,” she told fightmag.com.au over the weekend. “Meaning they [promoters] want elegant evening wear that has African undertone to show I’m from South Africa… Like Miss Universe!”

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Misagh Norouzi
Misagh Norouzi is a Muay Thai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is training and fighting under the patronage of a prominent Thai master Top Sangmorakot. Norouzi is an author and reporter at FIGHTMAG. He covers local and national news.

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