Muay Thai Champions Compete For Gold
“THE GOLD COAST GIRL WHO PACKS A PUNCH”
16-Year-Old Gold Coast Girl, Tia Nikpalj, has taken the professional fighting world by storm, winning Gold at the IFMA Youth World Championships for the second year in a row, on the back of her win at the 2018 Australian Kickboxing Championships.
Taking out Russia and Sweden, Tia claimed victory last month in her weight category at the 2018 IFMA Youth Championships, held in Bangkok Thailand. The competition saw 700 young Muay Thai fighters from across the world compete for gold, but Tia was determined to secure the win, after having taken 3 from 3 the previous year, against Russia, Thailand and Poland.
Tia says four years of intense training at local boxing, muay thai and kickboxing gym, Fighters Haven, prepared her to enter the ring again “At Fighter’s Haven, we train harder than everyone else, pushing ourselves physically, but also mentally. We’re not a normal gym – we’re a family” she says.
After some encouragement from her twin brother, Tia began her professional fighting career at Fighters Haven, quickly falling in love with sport. “My favourite thing about muay thai is the culture of hard work and discipline that accompanies the sport, and the feeling I get when I enter and seal the ring. I also love the look on my coach’s face when I take out a win… to know that I fought well and did him proud makes me extremely happy” says Tia.
With an incredible record of 13 fights, 11 wins and 3 KO’s this young gun is one to watch.
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