British Light Middleweight Thai Boxing Champion retired Undefeated 1992
British All-Styles Light Middleweight Champion retired Undefeated 1992
Champion of Champions (Hong Kong) 1988 (First westerner to win an Eastern Title)
First Westerner to be awarded the Gold Sash 9th degree Instructor Grade in Krabi Krabong in 1999
First person ever to be allowed to use the prestigious name of Buddhai Swan outside Thailand
Judge/referee at South East Asian Games held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in 1995
Nominated for Mancunian of the Year 1994 (Mancunian, a person from the City of Manchester, England)
Trainer of One European, Sixteen British and many Northern Counties Champions at Junior and Senior level (amateur and professional)
Chairman of the British Thai Boxing Council
Tony is one of the foremost authorities on the martial arts of Thailand in the western world. Having travelled to Thailand on more than thirty occasions, he has been taught by some of Thailand’s top Instructors including the late Grand Master Samai Messamarn of the Buddhai Swan Institute.
He is Chairman of the Technical Committees for the British Thai Boxing Council, the British association of Muay Thai Officials and technical advisor to the Irish, Romanian and United States Muay Thai associations.
In 1991, Tony was awarded a White Mongkon, the highest award in Muay Thai by the Secretary of the International Muay Thai Association, Mr Kachorn Prowsree and Thailand’s Crown Property Bureau Official, Mr Virasak Tokakuna, who also bestowed him with the Thai name “Singh Pra Dtom” – meaning “wise lion”.
Tony and the BTBC demonstration team regularly give displays and exhibitions of the Thai Martial Arts at the major Thai festivals held through Britain and following one such display was invited to have lunch with the Thai Ambassador at the Royal Thai Embassy in London.
In 1994 Tony was invited to give a demonstration of Krabi Krabong before her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand as part of the Buddhai swan (Thailand) demonstration team on the occasion Queen Sirikit’s birthday. In late 1996, Tony and his son, Steven were invited to Thailand to give a demonstration of Krabi Krabong as part of the celebrations for His Majesty the King of Thailand’s birthday. Special guest in Thailand was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of England.
In 2002 Tony was appointed the Buddhai Swan Institute Representative for Europe and received the Thai government recognised standard for Krabi Krabong. Tony is the only person ever to have been allowed to use the name Buddhai Swan outside Thailand and counts this award as his greatest honour.
Another of Tony’s treasured accolades was when he was selected to carry the baton for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Relay on the 50th day of the race – the same day that the Commonwealth Games began in Manchester in June 2002.