THE CHALLENGER MUAYTHAI

Imagine Group brings you the next generation of reality viewing, The Challenger Muay Thai.

With the rise of K1 and UFC capturing the hearts and imagination of millions of viewers around the world, The Challenger Muay Thai is set to bring the sporting experience to a whole new level!

The Challenger begins with 2 teams of 8 contestants,who will be selected from amongst the worlds most talented and fearsome fighters to battle each other in a series of elimination fights. The competition will be fierce, with not only The Challenger title belt up for grabs, but also $100,000 cash prize and a WMC officially sanctioned World Championship title. The winner of the series will come back to defend his title in the next season of the show.

 

In addition, the contestants will have the privilege of working under
the supervision of our celebrity mentor Stephan Fox, Vice President of The world Muay Thai Council, and his team of celebrity trainers Nugget and Clifton Brown.

Viewers will get to experience the sport of Muay Thai like never before – from the fighters perspective in the ring with a referee cam that brings them close to the action! The technical analysis of each fight by Stephan Fox and the trainers will give our viewers new insights into what it takes to be a world champion!

The Challenger combines the elements of reality, grueling training, drama and spectacular elimination fights in 12 one hour episodes, ending in a two hour spectacular season finale fight, where one fighter with go home with the ultimate prize and the title belt Guest fighters include the likes of world champion Yodsanklai and rival John Wayne Parr.

 

SERIES STRUCTURE
12 x 1 hour episodes
1 x 2 hour live season finale
Asia Broadcast Platform:
AXN (22 countries, prime time with 2 repeats each week)

Who Will Rise To The Challenge?

Sweat, blood and adrenaline pump through AXN in The Challenger Muaythai

 

 Things are about to get bloody exciting on AXN. The network is bringing the heat of the fight back to TV screens with a brand new series The Challenger Muaythai, and in high definition no less!

Produced by the Imagine Group and The Group Entertainment, under supervision of the World Muaythai Council (WMC), the world’s governing body for the sport of muaythai, the reality competition series will be set and shot in Malaysia. Whether for glory or gain, 16 world-class fighters will fight it out to win the ultimate title of Muaythai World Champion and the grand prize of US$100,000! The fighters have been hand picked from a selection of international professional fighters from the WMC 128 member countries.

No one is more apt than renowned Muaythai personality Stephan Fox as host of the series, an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience. With his illustrious background as the Vice-Pre sident of the World Muaythai Council, Fox will also play mentor to the fighters and take a hands-on approach in grooming these talents, hand-picked from the best breed of fighters around the world. Next to him, hosting the fight nights, it will be the gorgeous Asian tv celebrity, Sonia Couling.

From Malaysia, Thailand, to Israel and South Africa, the motley crew of fighters trail blaze an impressive track record both in their countries and in the international arena, with numerous championship titles under their belts. With ages ranging from 18 to 35, the calibre of fighters is certainly unparalleled. Some have started their training since the tender age of seven, while others have fought The Contender Asia champion Yodsanklai and even won. With intimidating monikers like ‘The Cheetah’, ‘The Sniper’ and ‘Black Dynamite’, it is clear that the boys are not in town to play. With such high stakes, each and every fighter will not go down without a fight!

 Each week, the fighters will be subjected to a rigorous bout of training from their two trainers Hanarong and Nugget, revolving around the ‘weapon of the week’. These include spiritual ideals such as respect and fearlessness, as well as focusing on each component of their body, their natural weapon in the context of Muaythai.

 

“As the entertainment destination for action and adventure, there is no other cable channel that is a better fit for the sheer adrenaline and thrill of The Challenger Muaythai. We are pleased to be working with the Imagine Group for th e show, with their proven track record in producing top-notch reality series in Asia,” said Mr Ricky Ow, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Asia, Sony Pictures Television.

“Nothing on the planet brings yo u this close to the action… our viewers will be on the edge of their seats,” added Mr Riaz Mehta, President and Founder of the Imagine Group.

Watch out for the titillating drama that will unfold in the fighters’ villa, as tension runs high with the progression of each fight night and the numbers dwindle. Alliances will be forged, blood will be shed and the fighters will be scraping through each win by the skin of their teeth! Who will rise to the challenge and emerge as the Muaythai World Champion? Who will overcome all odds and walk away with USD100,000? All will be unveiled on The Challenger Muaythai, set to premiere on AXN (Astro channel 701) and AXN HD (Astro B.yond channel 721) in the fourth quarter of this year and foreseeing over 400 Million spectators worldwide.

Antoine Pinto aka Antuan Siangboxing
Antoine Pinto aka Antuan Siangboxing

PHOTOS-PICTURES

NEWS-REPORTS

Pinto Antoine

"The Phenom"


Nationality: French/Thai
Age: 20
Birthdate: 16 / 02 / 1991
Height: 183cm
Weight: 67 kg
Fights: 133 | Wins: 101 | Loss: 31

 KO: 67 Draw: 2 | Titles 14

Latest Titles:

  • 2011 W.P.M.F - World
  • Super Welterweight
  • Muaythai Champion (70 kg/
  • 154 lbs)
  • 2011 WMC World Champion
  • 66kg I-1 Grand Prix - Hong Kong
Tall, dark, and handsome, Antoine is truly a ladies' man, and is bound to be a favourite amongst female fans. At only 20 years old, Antoine holds a remarkable fight record of only 23 per cent losses in over 130 fights.

Combining exceptional skill and experience beyond his years, Antoine has made a name for himself as a prodigy in Muaythai. Through the years, Antoine has also managed to acquire his fight name, "Dek Shlam", which is Thai for "Kid Shark" as his fighting style and force bear great resemblance to that of the shark, not to mention his ability to destroy and 'devour' his opponents.

It doesn't end there. Antoine hails from a family of athletes including his younger brother and father, who have won multiple titles in a wide range of sports. With the history of sporting excellence in his family, it is no surprise that Antoine's father and younger brother are his inspiration. And despite all the success he has had, Antoine remains humble. When it comes to his fighting career, he explains, "I keep standing up for the honor of all the people who have helped me get to where I am, because without them, I would not exist. I wasn't born a champion, it took many grueling hours and hard work."

As a result of his flourishing achievements leading up to The Challenger Muaythai, Antoine has won for himself a new name, "The Phenom". This name should warn those who come head-to-head with this 20-year-old French-Thai shark, that it will be unwise to judge this book by its cover, and to remind them of his outstanding natural ability and skills.

TV-CHANNELS

The Challenger Muaythai, set to premiere on AXN (Astro channel 701) and AXN HD (Astro B.yond channel 721) in the fourth quarter of this year and foreseeing over 400 Million spectators worldwide.

The Challenger Muay Thai will start to air on AXN on the 15th September 2011.

SERIES STRUCTURE
12 x 1 hour episodes
1 x 2 hour live season finale
Asia Broadcast Platform:
AXN (22 countries, prime time with 2 repeats each week)

VIDEOS and EPISODES

EPISODE 01 -  Colossa(South Africa) Vs Corley (USA)

 

AFTER FIGHT 01 in the villa

EPISODE 02 - Cedric Muller (France) vs FADDI MERTZA (Austria)

AFTER FIGHT 02 in the villa