Boxing Match

It all starts in the kitchen with Mom:

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A good meal is essential and plenty of sleep during the day since the match takes place during the night when the weather is finally cool enough:

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The match begins with a ceremony called “Wai Kru” which pays respect to the trainer and spirits. I was honoured to be called into the ring to bless our boxers with flower garlands and incantations:

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Then the match commences:

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I think I got sprayed with sweat but it was all worth it and trophies were presented:

DSC_8855The boxer in the centre was later selected to box in Japan !

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