Perth Muay Thai training, Daniel Dawson, Alexia Johnson
Australian Muay Thai fighter Alexia Johnson walks out to the ring accompanied by her trainers

Welcome and thank you for tuning in for my first blog on the exciting platform FIGHTMAG

My name is Daniel “The Rock” Dawson, I am a former eight-time world champion from Perth, Australia. I’ve won the titles in all three stand-up fighting sports, Muay Thai, kickboxing and boxing.

With a record of 105 pro fights, spanning a 25 year length career, my life to date has been all about fighting. Now at 39 years old and turning a lot of my energy to family, investments, business and coaching, my lifestyle is very different from what it was through my career.

Coaching has allowed me to stay active and relevant in the sports I love. It feels very liberating and fulfilling, passing on my experience and knowledge to these aspiring athletes in the combat sports. There is much to be gained from giving and guiding others. I am really in appreciation to be on the other side of the ropes on fight days.

Coaching Alexia “The Joker” Johnson

I am currently coaching the Australian junior national champion Alexia Johnson, who has just now arrived at the IFMA Youth world championships in Bangkok. Alexia is in the 48 kg, 16 to 17 year old division. This will be her second year in a row at IFMA worlds, after a narrow loss to Vietnam last year in her first competition.

Alexia has now been training Muay Thai with me just under 3 years. In that time her record stands at 9 wins and 2 losses. She is a two-time Australian national champion in 2016 and 2017, and also the Oceania champion in 2017.

After only 3 years in the sport, the future looks very bright for this young competitor who dedicates so much time to the art of Muay Thai. You will find Alexia in the gym six days a week without fail, and twice a day on school holidays. Incredibly she still manages to find the hours to work part time and keep up with her studies.

From my standpoint she is one of the most coach-able fighters I have had the pleasure of working with. Relentless determination, an inquisitive learner and great at adapting and overcoming, I can see Alexia making a big impact in the sport when she turns pro next year. But first is her quest for a gold medal representing Australia at the IFMA Youth 2017.

I look forward to updating you next month with Alexia “The Joker” Johnson’s result and performance at the World Championships. I will also have some great news on which professional world champion I’m now training. They have a huge fight coming up in September in China.


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