Newry Muay Thai fighter victorious in debut bout

June 16, 2014

Colm Hughes made his pro rules Muay Thai debut under C Class rules on Saturday 31st May in Belfast, competing against Niall Smyth from Antrim town.

Despite an ominous start with Smyth catching him with a straight right hand, Colm, in typical fashion, bounced straight back into the fight retaliating with strong leg kicks.

A much more promising second round began with Colm’s powerful knees proving too much for the Antrim lad, who tired half way through the round.

A third round followed which was hard fought by both fighters but Colm demonstrated better Muay Thai technique and timing to win the round and the fight, despite suffering a cut above his right eye courtesy of Smyth’s elbow.

Trainer Sean Smyth congratulated the Newry man saying,

“Colm is a superb role model for the sport of Muay Thai. He is very self disciplined and displays his humbleness and sportmanship after every fight by checking on his opponent’s well being.

“It takes dedication to work and train to fight at this level, especially with professional rules, and competitors don’t get paid for taking part despite investing time and money in their training and dietary needs.

“Colm has a bright future in the sport and is a pleasure to have training at Newry Muay Thai.”