Posted by: Heather | May 16, 2008

Kiddie Cock Fighting

Kids as young as 7 dressed in red or blue, a big venue with plastic chairs ringside filled with tourists paying $50 a pop and Thai locals filling the stands screaming for one kid to kick the other just to win a $.50 bet. Welcome to Thai boxing- one of the most publicized sports in Thailand. I can equate it to cock fighting. A sport that would be quite controversial in America pits one youngster against the other while the bets line up.

Matches start with the “band” banging the drums to the dancing beat while the to-be-kicked opponents dance in their fancy headdresses and pray to each of the corners as part of the ceremonial ritual that kicks off each match.

Then, let the bloodbath begin…..

Each match, the kicks get harder and the rounds get longer in addition to the competitors get older. Coaches are screaming from the sidelines and waving their hands signaling to their “cock” what to do next to “strike.”

The better the match, the more wound up the crowd gets… it’s madness.

Once the competitors got older, the matches got more serious to the point that one guy got kicked in the head, knocked over passed out. It took three guys to get him out of the ring. Watching Thai boxing is not like watching golf on T.V. This is not a sissy sport for the anti-child-labor activists. You must come to a Thai boxing match with an open mind. It’s a fight to the finish.

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  1. Disgusting. No wonder we have such misery in the world.


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