Filiph Waldt, of Gothernburg Muay Thai in Sweden is the current WMC Scandinavian champion. This weekend he will challenge for the WBC Scandinavian championship and hopes to become the first to unify the prestigious WMC and WBC belts.
We spoke with the Swedish Lightweight fighter to get to know more about him ahead of his WBC Scandinavian title fight this weekend.
Can you tell us how you got started training, how old were you and where did you train?
Filiph: “I started training Muay Thai when I was 18 years old. I joined a friend who wanted to try it. Before starting, I had exclusively trained in team sports such as football or ice hockey. I trained one session and fell in love with the sport.
“I have been training at the same gym in Gothenburg for almost ten years now. I had a few breaks from the sport in the beginning, but have been competing and training full-time for the last 5-6 years. I am 28-years-old this Wednesday.”
What did you enjoy about training when you started and how long before you started competing?
Filiph: “I loved the grit and grind of the sport. I began competing in amateur competitions after six months of beginning training.”
How much time have you spent in Thailand? Where did you train and what is the difference with Thailand and training in Sweden?
Filiph: “I have been in Thailand in total almost 14-months. I love the regiment there. Everyday you do the same thing. It builds mental toughness and continuity.
“I enjoy training in Sweden, but I have my mind set on moving to Thailand permanently. The last times I have been to Thailand, I have been going to Nontaburi just outside of Bangkok.”
If you could be in the ring fighting against anyone, who would it be and why?
Filiph: “My dream fight would be against WBC Muaythai World Lightweight #1 Seksan Or Kwanmuang at either Lumpinee or Rajadamnern, or anywhere!
“My next fight is for the WBC Scandinavian 140lbs title this week. I plan on winning it and becoming the first fighter to simultaneously hold both the WMC and WBC Scandinavian titles!”
Full details of the Bulldog Media Fight Night which takes place in Gothenburg this Friday can be found on the Askari Fighter website here.
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