Photographer's Note

A the annual Buffalo festival in Chonburi, it is not only buffaloes that compete. There is also an important amateur kick boxing competition. Boys from as young as 8 or 9 compete. Thai boxing (Muay Thai)has a passionate following in the rural villages of Thailand. Making it as a boxer is one of the few ways that uneducated country boys can hope to become rich and famous. So the competition is fierce. The boys would be hoping to catch the eye of one the the countries top trainers who would take them off to the training camps, where they might hope to develop into future champions.I caught this little chap during a break in a qualifying bout. I am not sure if is expression shows determination or terror.

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Additional Photos by kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 173 N: 1802] (7517)
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