Daniel Bonner 21-4-0 is an English professional Muay-Thai practitioner (Also known as nak muay) Currently competing in the Light-heavyweight division representing Majestic Gym wigan. Is currently ranked #2 in the UK, #4 WBC and #4 in the WMO. Current Holder of the WRSA European Championship, MTGP European Championship, WRSA European Championship and captured the WBC International Championship after defeating James Ogden on June 25th at Super Showdown Bolton.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Daniel, and also to congratulate you on your capture of the WBC Muay-Thai International championship.
“Hi mate, no problem at all, and thanks for taking the time to interview me. I am really happy to have the WBC International title and looking forward to hopefully going on to compete and win World titles next.”
Being crowned is one thing, but to do it in such controversial circumstances is another reason why it will go down in Muay-Thai history as one of the greatest moments in recent memory.
We all know the superior resilience held by combat sports participants is unmatched, but could you give us a rundown of what was going through your mind when you tore your bicep during your collision with James Ogden back in June?
“At the time I didn’t feel it was a big deal. I went back to the corner at the end of the first round to let my coach Kev Harper know and instead of fretting about it he gave me a clear plan on how we could still win the fight and I came out in the next rounds and put it into action.”
What does it mean to you to now be noticed as one of the world’s best in the profession you have dedicated your life to?
“It’s a nice feeling, I’ve worked really hard to get where I am but I still feel there’s lots more to come. This is just the beginning and I feel like I can use this victory to catapult me to the even bigger fights that I’ve wanted for a while.”
Discipline dedication has led you to your well-earned accomplishments in the ring, like every success story, there is a story to be told. For our readers, could you elaborate on what first enticed you to start your journey in the ancient art of Muay-Thai?
“I and Matthew first started Kickboxing at 10 years old after having some trouble with some older lads from where we’re from in Warrington. We then went on to train MMA at the Wolfslair, we moved on to another gym then (which we now own The Forge Fight Academy). I went on to fight at the amateur level in MMA a few times with varying degrees of success. I finally decided to fight Muay Thai and then moved on to Majestic Gym in Wigan with Kev, who has brought me to where I am now.”
For the next generation of potential champions entering their own respective journeys and looking to reach such heights as yourself. What advice would you give to them?
“The advice is easy. It’s just being really, really consistent. If you’re just starting out, do your research, find a good gym/coach and just listen and absorb everything you get taught.”
Thank you again for taking the time out to speak to me today Daniel. I look forward to witnessing what’s next for you, and congratulations again.
Last but not least do you have a message for the readers and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“Just my coaches/ teammates/sponsors at:
The forge fight academy
“My twin brother Matthew, and my partner Mel who has been a superstar looking after our daughter Isla as I prepared for my fight and since I tore my bicep.”