Nico Carrillo is a Scottish Muay Thai fighter from Glasgow. He began training in Muay Thai in 2013 at a gym in Partick before joining the team at Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy.
In 2020, he would go on to open his own gym alongside long-term friend and coach JP Gallacher. The gym was named the Deachkalek Muay Thai Academy, a contribution to Nico and JP’s childhood friend, Jordan “Deachkalek” Coe, who tragically passed away whilst pursuing his dream in Thailand in 2017.
2013 – 2017
During his early career, Nico Carrillo dominated the Scottish Muay Thai domestic scene. He won the Scottish open as a junior before going out to Thailand and winning via knockout.
By 2017, at just 19-years-old, Nico had started climbing the Thai Fighter UK adult rankings. He lost a rankings bout against George Mouzakitis at Blitz 4 in June 2017 before going on to take a huge headkick knockout win over a Swedish opponent in September 2017.
On 2nd December 2017, Nico Carrillo would face Thai Fighter UK Top 10 ranked star Shane Farquharson in a British title eliminator at Victory Promotions presents the Lee Smith Memorial Finale. Nico would go on to land a devastating body shot in the fourth round to take a huge win in what was named Fight of the Night.
Return to the ring in 2019
After spending 2018 sidelined due to injury, Nico Carrillo made his return to the ring at Evo Thai Boxing Series in Glasgow on 31st March 2019. He defeated Spanish fighter Alex Dass Rey in a comfortable points win.
Just a few weeks later, Nico stepped up in weight to face top Danish fighter Mikkel Lund at Mikenta Fight Night in Copenhagen. He lost the bout via body shot TKO in the second round.
The remainder of 2019 saw Nico Carrillo pick up three straight international victories. He defeated Portugese fighter Joao Francisco at Blitz 6 in Glasgow in June. He then earned a huge victory over Swedish Muay Thai champion Kenny Hong at Lion Fight 59 in Gothernburg, Sweden in August. The fight was rumoured to earn him a World title opportunity against the current Lion Fight Super-Lightweight champion Ramesh Habib.
Nico ended 2019 with another huge win, this time a first-round body shot knockout of Spanish Muay Thai champion Gorka Caro at VICTORY 5 in December.
Post COVID Pandemic
After almost 15 months out of the ring due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nico Carrillo returned to action at UAM Muay Thai in Dubai on 12th February 2021. After staying active and working harder than ever during the pandemic, Nico Carrillo looked in incredible condition during the main event bout against Muhammadi Jahongir. He dominated his opponent, landing vicious leg kicks and taunting him through the fight.
Thai Fighter UK Rankings
As of July 2021, Nico Carrillo is ranked #2 in the Thai Fighter UK Super-Lightweight Muay Thai rankings.
On 24th July 2021, Nico Carrillo faced Mo Abdurahman at Combat Fight Series 5. He won the bout via fourth-round knockout to take Abdurahman’s #2 spot and won the ISKA Intercontinental title.
On 16th August 2021, it was announced Nico Carrillo would be facing Jack Kennedy in the main event at SuperShowDown on 24th October.
Titles and Achievements
- Scottish Junior Open Champion 2013
- ICO European Champion 2019
- ISKA Intercontinental Champion 2021