Team Australia at IFMA Muay Thai Youth World Championships
Members of Team Australia at IFMA Muay Thai Youth World Championships 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand / Pic: Facebook

IFMA Muay Thai Youth World Championships 2018

Following the opening round, the second day of competition at IFMA Youth Worlds 2018, as well, featured over 100 Muay Thai bouts. The contests are held across four rings at the National Stadium in Bangkok, where young athletes compete in the Olympic-system tournament.

On the first day of the bouts Team Australia collected eight wins. The likes of Zach Farrugia, Connor Gillen, Quinton Smith, Blair Geraghty, among others, battled out on the second day, with Mathew Fernihough earning “the fight of the day”.

“Team Australia picked it back up for a big performance today. Mathew Fernihough was [the] fight of the day and did Australia proud,” the organization stated on its page on Facebook.

In addition, International Federation of Muaythai Amateur outlined that “Australia’s athletes also stood out for their habit of gifting opponents with a tiny cute koala bear at the end of each bout.”

“Traditionally in muaythai athletes cross the ring at the end of the bout for a drink of water from their opposing coach. So this twist was sweet to see especially after some hectic muaythai action,” stated in the report.

The country-host, Team Thailand had 34 fighters in action. The athletes out of Hungary, Uzbekistan, Estonia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan and Russia also went through the ropes. The roster of the event includes over 80 nations participating.

IFMA Youth World Championships 2018 is held from 2 to 10 August in Bangkok, Thailand. The fight results can be found on