by C. Heyliger
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 Judge/referee in Rajadamnern Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
First Westerner to be awarded the Gold Sash 9th degree Instructor Grade in Krabi Krabong (Thai Weapons) 1999
Judge/referee at South East Asian Games held in Chiang Mai in 1995
Nominated for Mancunian of the Year 1994
Trainer of One European, Sixteen British and many Northern Counties Champions at Junior and Senior level (am and pro)
Chairman of the British Thai Boxing Council
Vice President – International Federation Muay Thai Associations (Thailand)
Tony is one of the foremost authorities on the martial arts of Thailand in the western world. Having traveled to Thailand on more than thirty occasions, he has been taught by some of Thailand’s top Instructors there including the late Arjarn Sumai Mashamana, the only living Grand Master in Krabi Krabong.
He is Chairman of the Technical Committees for the British Thai Boxing Council, the British Kick Boxing Council, the British association of Muay Thai Officials and premier technical advisor to the Irish, Romanian, Scottish and South African Muay Thai associations. He became International representative for the USMTA, (United States Muay Thai Association - USA) 1991 Official Director for the AMTJRA (American Muay Thai Judge & Referee Association - (USA) 1993
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”.
In 1996 and 1997 Tony and the BTBC demonstration team were invited to give displays for the Thai Food association at the Annual Food Festival held at Battersea Park in London. In 1998 and 1999 Tony and the team gave displays at a three-day event in Battersea Park celebrating “Amazing Thailand” year.
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.