Josh Hill Reflects On Some Of The Most Memorable Bouts Of His Career
First competing just seven-years ago, Josh Hill has totaled more than 50-fights in his young career, and was one of the most active UK fighters before the COVID-19 global pandemic ground the sports industry to a halt.
At just 20-years-old, he has already cemented many career highlights, which include multiple international bouts against some experienced fighters all over the World.
He spoke with us to reflect on some of his most memorable and favourite bouts of his career so far;
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Stuart Stabler (2016)
Josh: “One of my favourite fights which stands out was against Stuart Stabler in 2016. We were both young and coming up the rankings.
“Stuart, just like he is now, was walking through absolutely everyone and no one had made it past the 2nd round against him since stepping up from Junior rules. I think he had a record of like 1 loss in 60-fights at the time compared to me who had only had 15 fights.
“Stuart was my second ever fight as a junior back in 2013 which he won convincingly back then, so I wanted to prove a point in the rematch.
“We both had big crowds and the atmosphere was unreal, and we literally just went at each other the whole fight. Stuart took the win in a very close points decision but despite the result, it was a fun fight to be part of!”
George Carter (2018)
Josh: “Another memorable fight was against George Carter for UKMF English Title in 2018.
“I was only 18 at the time and it was my first A-Class (full Thai rules) fight in the UK (having quite a few fights in Thailand previously) and jumping in at the deep end against a top 10 ranked opponent on his home show.
“George had sold 130 tickets and was the home town favourite. I had also good support come down to watch despite the distance. I took a clear points victory and proved I belong taking on the top lads in the UK.”
First fight on MAX Muay Thai
Josh: “This was 3rd fight in 3 weeks, having fought George Carter 3 weeks prior as well as another fight before this one.
“My first fight on the MAX Muay Thai TV show in Thailand was a fight I’ll never forget.
“I had previously fought on the weekday show but it was my first time fighting on the Live Sunday show. It was always my aim to get onto the main show after competing on the weekday show the year before.
“I fought current MAX Global Champion Suriyawut. I remember myself and my team mate Ryan Stockley watching his previous fights a few days before I fought him and I could see how worried Ryan was (haha!).
“I got dropped with an elbow in the first round, but I came back strong and took the win by stoppage in the third round which also earned me the MAX performance bonus!”
Lumpinee Stadium (2018)
Josh: “My favourite fight was at the World famous Lumpinee Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand, in 2018.
“I was on a 13-fight win streak at the time and was full of confidence ready to live a dream of getting to fight at the prestigious Stadium.
“I took on a strong Thai who was a regular at the stadium. I took the win on points while also winning my Thai trainers a bit of money!”
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