Fighters

Episode 49 – Iman “Pretty Killer” Barlow

In this episode of The Striking Corner podcast, Eric & Vinny speak with current Lion Fight Super Bantamweight Champion and Enfusion 54 kg Champion, Iman Barlow! Iman is currently regarded as one of the top female Muay Thai fighters in the world in her weight class. She has not lost a fight since 2014 and with over 100+ amateur fights and close to 100 professional fights, she has a wealth of experience in the sport yet she is still just 23 years young!

Iman discusses growing up around the sport from the age of 2, her unique childhood as a fighter that travelled the world (the benefits and struggles), women’s Muay Thai, haters, rediscovering her love for Muay Thai after taking time off to be a “wild child”, and so much more. A fun interview all around and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Episode 47 – Janet Todd

So what is the only difference between men and women in combat sports? Well according to California based Muay Thai fighter Janet Todd, our guest on this week’s episode of The Striking Corner, “It doesn’t hurt when we get kicked in the nether regions because…we don’t have balls.”

Yup! Eric and Vinny had a great conversation with West Coast and Boxing Works standout Janet Todd. Janet is a very accomplished amateur Muay Thai fighter with tons of skill and more than a few amateur titles to her name.

We discuss women in Muay Thai and Combat Sports, how she balances her career as an aeronautical engineer with a flourishing Muay Thai career, and why Britney Spears is the best music to train to! Check it out!

Episode 45 – Damien Trainor

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Eric and Vinny speak with UK Muay Thai Legend, World Champion, and 4-time European Champion, Damien Trainor. Damien gives a lot of insight into the mental game of being a fighter, when it’s best to hang up the gloves, life after fighting, haters, social media, and more! Damien is a legend and has continued to give back to the Muay Thai & Kickboxing community through his work at his own gym, doing seminars around the world, and writing for his blog at DamienTrainor.com.

Episode 44 – Fabio Pinca

It’s 2017 and we are starting off the New Year with an epic episode featuring none other than one of the top Muay Thai fighters in the world and our 2016 Striking Corner Fighter of the Year, Fabio Pinca! In this episode Fabio talks to Vinny and Eric about his success in 2016, his upcoming fight for the Rajadamnern Stadium title, how he got into Muay Thai, and why he favors Italian cuisine over French cuisine. We appreciate the effort Fabio made to have a conversation with us despite English not being his first language. A Champion in the ring and a gentleman outside of it, it was an honor talking to one of the best foreign nakmuays to step into the ring. Enjoy!

Episode 39 – Gastón Bolaños

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric once again bring Muay Thai fighter Gastón Bolaños to the podcast. A native of Perú but now living in San Francisco, Gastón is a star in the US Muay Thai scene and is now looking to take his world class Muay Thai skills to MMA and Kickboxing under the Bellator banner. In this podcast Vinny and Eric talk to Gastón about leading “The Peruvian Takeover” and showcasing the talented fighters that the Peruvian Muay Thai scene has produced and putting them on display for American audiences. Gastón is a down to earth, classy, and just all around good guy whose passion for Muay Thai is without question! We talk about how he wants to use Muay Thai to inspire and motivate those around him, and how in many ways inside the ring he may be “The Dreamkiller” but outside the ring he is looking to make other people’s dreams come true.

Episode 38 – Brett Hlavacek

In this episode of The Striking Corner, Vinny and Eric speak with New York based professional Muay Thai fighter Brett Hlavacek. Brett is a fighter with over 20 professional Muay Thai fights who has fought for Glory, Lion Fight, Warriors Cup, and more! He recently signed a contract with Lion Fight and will be fighting at Lion Fight 33 on Nov. 18th. Vinny and Eric talk a little bit about everything with Brett including New York rent prices, the Jersey Shore, why Vinny continues to think MMA ruins everything, Lion Fight, Muay Thai rules, and a whole lot more! Brett is a fun guy to talk to and a hell of a fighter, you don’t want to miss this one!