Fighting Kids – Film

Boxing matches with children starting at six years in Thailand.

Thai boxing (Muay Thai) ranks among the world´s toughest and most violent martial arts, often connected with fighters sustaining serious injuries. Muay Thai secures the income of numerous Thais, so even children fights for the amusement of tourists and betting locals are common in Thailand´s arenas. There is no minimum age for the boxers. Only a few fighters achieve the status of an idolized boxing champion and earn big money as a boxing professional. Usually in their mid-twenties the boxers´careers end and Muay Thai fighters retire.

Assignment for “Der Spiegel”