Honiton Muay Thai ace Purdey preparing for big night in December

20:34 11 August 2014

Honiton Muay Thai ace Jake Purdey

Honiton Muay Thai ace Jake Purdey

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Honiton FSC Muay Thai expert Jake Purdey is currently on a six-month visit to Thailand where he is operating as a professional Muay Thai fighter and he is gearing up for a crack at real stardom when he fights on the bill of the prestigious Kings Cup event in Thailand on December 5, writes Steve Birley.

Nineteen-year-old Purdey took up the martial art sport of Muay Thai after a couple of years of boxing which he started when aged 14.

To date his biggest success was as recently as July 26 when he won a s14 man tournament in Thailand to land the national s1 super middle weight Thai boxing belt. He fought two bouts on the night, following a semi-final success on points with a knock-out via his elbow in the third round.

That success last month set him up for the big night in December which comes two weeks before he returns to his Mid Devon home at Cullompton following the six-month stay in Thailand.

Coached by intercontinental champion Sonny Perez, Purdey observes a strict and rigid training regime that sees him working on six days of the week. A typical day begins at 6.30am with a three-mile run followed by lots of bag work, pads, sparring, clinching and strength and conditioning. The whole process is repeated again at 4pm.

Purdey says: “It is certainly a gruelling training routine, but I have to say I do enjoy it.”

I terms of his diet Purdey eats plenty of carbohydrates and makes sure there’s lots of high protein, but, three weeks before a contest he will switch to a 1,500 calories per day regime.

In terms of what he feels about his sport, he says: “I would recommend Thai boxing to anyone. It is an amazing sport that teaches you not just to fight, but also respect and discipline and it is also a good way to keep your weight down and enjoy good honest competition.”

Purdey, a three-times English champion, is the only Englishman to ever hold two national s1 titles! He fought at the world championships in Malaysia earlier this year and is a current member of the GB team that next goes into action at the world championships being held in Brazil next year.

As is the case with many sportsmen and women, Purdey relies on the generosity of sponsors and has currently got great backing from Body 2000 Gymnasium and FSC Muay Thai which operates out of Honiton and Exeter. However, he is also always open to offers of further sponsorship and would welcome any enquiries to him via email at jakempurdy@outlook.com

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