‘Million Baht Babes’ is a brand new television reality series taking three western girls to their first ever fight in a Thai boxing ring. Whoever is judged the best fighter on the night will win One Million Baht Prize Money (£20,000/25,000 Euros/$30,000 US.)
The 6 x 1 hour series features the celebrity trainers from Biggest Loser Asia and The Challenger, and is being made by Lenscap Asia, a production company with huge experience of television reality formats.
Sammy Kirk (Australian), Michaela “Mickey” Michl (German) and Rachel Webb (British) are battling their way through a gruelling, unforgiving, training programme comprising hours and hours of Thai Boxing training every day, plus long distance running and cycling; endurance swimming; hill running and sprints, squats, sit ups, push ups and weights in the gym, before a fight finale in a stadium in Chaweng, Koh Samui, Thailand.
The show is being filmed at the Lamai Muay Thai gym and fitness centre in Samui and is backed by the World Muay Thai Council (WMC).
This television series will do for the female version of the sport what Challenger and Contender did for the reputation of traditional Muay Thai worldwide.
The girls’ trainers include the 2011 winner of The Challenger and Muay Thai Middleweight World Champion, Mardsua Tum; Muay Thai World Champion Stephan Fox, who is also the current Vice-President of the World Muay Thai Council, and was the celebrity trainer on the Biggest Loser Asia, and Muay Thai mentor extraordinaire Ralph Beale.
Fitness coach Billy Orr trained the contestants on The Challenger and The Biggest Loser Asia and specialises in strength training and weight loss. He and his colleagues have just six weeks to ensure the girls are fit enough, and good enough, to win in the ring. The final fight and the finale of the six part series will be watched by hundreds of Westerners and Thais in the Muay Thai stadium in Chaweng, Koh Samui, as westerner is pitted against Thai, amateur pitted against professional.
Alongside their training the girls must also learn the history of a culture at close quarters and demonstrate all their newly acquired ‘Thai knowledge” when they take on their Thai opponents at their own sport.
The series is available for broadcast worldwide from January 2013.
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