Frances Watthanaya

Cultural Appropriation

Meet the Woman Decolonising Bone Broth

Mithalee Rawat sees her bone broth as a way of reclaiming the culture she’s watched be appropriated for decades.
Frances Watthanaya
10.23.18
FIGHTLAND

4 Minutes, 5 Million Baht: Lumpini's First Ever 'No-Rules' Fight

With over a million Baht in ticket sales, and 300,000 Baht donated to street kids, it doesn't really matter if you agree with the fight or not. It happened.
Frances Watthanaya
6.28.17
FIGHTLAND

The Muay Thai Grind, The Muay Thai Dream: Yothin FA Group

Breaking a 13-fight win streak at Rajadamnern only means one thing: keep fighting.
Frances Watthanaya
6.22.17
FIGHTLAND

First Transgender Fighter Competes at Thailand’s Oldest Stadium

Rising to the occasion, Nong Rose overwhelmed the favourite, Sua Yai, in her historic debut at Rajadamnern.
Frances Watthanaya
6.12.17
FIGHTLAND

Matthew Deane's Journey from Pop Star to Top of the Muay Thai World

Just planning to visit, Australian Matthew Deane came to Thailand fresh out of high school and never went back.
Frances Watthanaya
5.17.17
FIGHTLAND

‘The Ladyboy with the Mean Knees’: Nong Rose Is Back

We caught back up with Nong Rose, now set to be the first ever transgender fighter allowed to fight in a sports bra at Thailand's oldest stadium.
Frances Watthanaya
5.15.17
FIGHTLAND

Learning to Walk and Learning to Fight: The Muay Thai Fights of Songkran

A two-year old makes his debut in the world of professional fighting and an American comes up against a Thai cop – these are the fights of the Thai New Year's festival.
Frances Watthanaya
4.26.17
FIGHTLAND

The One Million Baht Fight Night: Best of Siam X

Three WBC titles and one Rajadamnern title – all in one night at Best of Siam X.
Frances Watthanaya
2.28.17
Thailand

Don’t Move Backwards: Witawas Tiamtam and the Televised Fights of Max Muay Thai

Here, we go inside the stadium show that has an average viewership of five million people in Thailand every week.
Frances Watthanaya
2.15.17
FIGHTLAND

Glory Kickboxer Josh Jauncey's Journey To The Top

Josh Jauncey came into the Glory lightweight division as a dark horse, but his success is no surprise to the people closest to him.
Frances Watthanaya
12.26.16
FIGHTLAND

Muay Thai Is Not Completely Back in Business Since the Death of Thailand’s King

It’s only another 30 days until the new year and another 40 to complete a full 100 days of mourning. The Muay Thai community will survive – it’s just a little bit more difficult as of late.
Frances Watthanaya
12.1.16
FIGHTLAND

‘Beyond the Fields’ Will Tell the Story of the Child Fighters of Isaan

We talk to the director of the forthcoming documentary Beyond the Fields about raising awareness and sparking an honest dialogue about the child boxers of Thailand’s most impoverished region.
Frances Watthanaya
11.9.16
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