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The "Prodigy" Inside the world of Greg Wootton

Thai Boxing / 10.09.15
Fighters Universe is honoured and delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor Greg Wootton. Nicknamed “The Prodigy”, Greg is the British #1 Muay Thai (Thai boxing) fighter in the light welterweight category (63.5kg). Greg is an ideal athlete to put forward as he is sharing our values of tenacity, exigency and bravery, he is a young and extremely talented champion and is a truly great guy. And when it comes to fighting he is one of the most positive, dedicated and successful people we know.

Greg will be fighting Saenchai, considered one of the best pound for pound Muay in Bolton during a show organised by Yokkao.

Q & A

Hi Greg, could you please introduce yourself for us?

Hi, I am Greg Wotton, I am 24 years old and I am a professional Thai boxer. I rank number 1 in the UK in the light-welterweight (63.5kg) category. I have been fighting for 9 years and I have been twice world champion, fighting top Thai fighters. My record is 31 wins for 35 fights.
I currently fights at 63.5-65.0kg.
I grew up in West London. I started training at 16. I studied Sport & Exercise Science at University and I train at KO Gym in East London.

How did you become a champion?

I started fighting at 16. In local events mostly, around London. In 2009 I went to train for 7 months in Thailand. Again, managed to get some local bouts. Then I travelled to the US which made me fight around the world, literally.

In my opinion, to become a champion, the most important thing is to train hard, to be dedicated and be consistent in training of course. But above all this you have to enjoy the sport. You have to have fun practicing. Because it does not matter how much you push yourself, if your heart is not in it, chances are you will never get to the top. And this is an advice I would also give to people who started training boxing or Thai boxing, and want to train more intensely: be consistent, believe in yourself and keep loving the sport!

Also there is a lot of mental aspects to involve in a preparation. And a lot is actually transferable to business, work or even leisure activities: positive thinking is key. Do not let events put you down. Always stand back up and keep a positive attitude towards life no matter what happens.

Amongst the values that attracted me the most in Muay Thai: respect between fighters is absolutely key. Muay Thai remains a sports. No fight is personal. I have always been fascinated to see the respect between fighters, often congratulating each other after a fight. And you create a lot of very solid friendship while training too.

What about your next fight, against Saenchai?

Fighting Saenchai is going to be a very special thing for me. Not only is he the “Mayweather” of Muay Thai with an amazing record, but he is the champion I went to see fight went was a teenager and had started the sport. And now I am in for probably the greatest line up in the UK on October 10th for the Yokkao show near Manchester. I am very excited.

Saenchai is very famous and dangerous for adapting his technique to his opponents and his dangerous lights-peed kicks. Probably the best of his generation (Saenchai is now 35 year old), he is so good they made him fight against two Lumpini champions at the same time last year and he still won!

But looking back at my recent fights against Petchbunchoo and Rungrat Sasiprapa, both of them having been Lumpini champions and both fights I won by unanimous decision, I already know this is going to be an exciting event!


Also, I will be posting training videos to go through particular techniques or fitness exercises inspired by my preparation for the fight on a monthly basis on fightersuniverse.com. So stay tuned!


SPECIAL THANKS:
Photography: Lowe H Seger
Art direction: Noe Vavilovas