Our Mission

Our mission is to make elite level coaching available to all. Whether you are an aspiring competitive boxer, white collar professional or first timer looking to bump up your fitness. Everyone is welcome.

Our Philosophy

We lead by example and look to instil a Champion’s Mindset into everyone that trains with us. Boxing requires more than just elite physical performance, but extreme discipline and mental strength. We use boxing training and our belief that “Champion’s are built in the gym’ to empower our community to develop confidence, composure under pressure and the discipline needed to be a champion.

At our core

Boxing


Muay thai


PERSONAL TRAINING

SAMKOR KIATMONTEP

  • Muay Thai World Champion & Coach
  • Lumpinee Stadium
  • Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (PAT)
  • All Japan Kickboxing Federation
  • Toyota Marathon
  • World Muay Thai Council

Originally from Thailand, Samkor is widely considered to be one of the ‘all time greats’ in the sport of Muay Thai. Winning a Lumpinee Stadium Championship is regarded as the highest achievement in the sport. Samkor is a 3 weight division Champion at Lumpinee Stadium as well as a WMC World Champion making him one of the most decorated Muay Thai boxers of all time.

Samkor competed during the ‘golden era’ of Muay Thai and has wins over other legends such as Saenchai Sor Kingstar, Namsaknoi, Attachai and Sangtiennoi.

Famously known for his devastating left kick, Samkor brings a wealth of fighting and coaching experience to his sessions. As a coach Samkor is a big advocate of perfecting the fundamentals and progressing boxers systematically.

Titles and Accomplishments:

Professional Record.
220 Fights. 187 Wins. 30 Losses. 3 Draws

Lumpinee Stadium
1995 Lumpinee Stadium 122 lbs Champion
1997 Lumpinee Stadium 135 lbs Champion
2000 Lumpinee Stadium 130 lbs Champion
Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (PAT)
1997 Thailand 135 lbs Champion
All Japan Kickboxing Federation
2004 AJKF Lightweight Tournament Runner-Up
Toyota Marathon
2005 Toyota Marathon 154 lbs Tournament Winner
World Muay Thai Council
2011 World Muay Thai Council 154 lbs World Champion

JAMES CRUDGE

  • Founder & Boxing Coach
  • HKBA Registered Boxing Coach
  • PICP Strength Coach Level 1 & 2
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
  • Quantum HFE Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Instructor

James is the Founder of Southpaw and built up the gym with the primary mission to make elite level training accessible to all.

Born in England, but of half Hong Kong-Chinese descent. James has been coaching in Hong Kong since 2013. Although James is better known as a boxing coach, he has experience in competing in both Boxing as well as Kickboxing. He is also a NASM certified Personal Trainer as well as a PICP Level 2 Strength Coach.

With a blend of hands-on Boxing experience as well as a keen eye for coaching, James delivers a well structured training program with a fine eye for detail. James has experience in coaching everyone from absolute beginners all the way up to professional boxers.

Qualifications
HKBA Registered Boxing Coach
PICP Strength Coach Level 1 & 2
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Quantum HFE Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Instructor

RALF TSO

  • Hong Kong Boxing Champion & Coach
  • Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2007
  • Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2008
  • Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2009
  • Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2010
  • HKBA Registered Boxing Coach

Ralf Tso won the Hong Kong Boxing Association Championship for four consecutive years (2007-2010) and is one of the few boxers to represent Hong Kong internationally at the World Amatuer Boxing Championships. With over 18 years of coaching experience, Ralf has twice received the ‘Best Trainer Award’ by the Hong Kong Boxing Association.

As a coach Ralf brings a unique blend of creative footwork drills, fast paced pad combinations and intense fitness workouts.

With the unique combination of his expertise as a former Boxing Champion as well as a coach, Ralf has been invited to be an official commentator of the boxing competition at the 2012 Beijing Olympics and 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Titles and Accomplishments:

Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2007
Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2008
Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2009
Hong Kong Boxing Championship: Winner 2010
Qualifications
HKBA Registered Boxing Coach

Phaniang Poontharat

  • Asian Boxing Champion & Coach
  • 220 Fights. 187 Wins. 30 Losses. 3 Draw
  • PABA Light Flyweight Title

Phaniang is the famed former boxing coach of Thai superstars such as Buakaw Banchamek, Sittichai Sitsongpenong and Olympic Silver Medalist Amnat Ruenroeng.

Phaniang started his boxing journey in Thailand which later took him to Japan whereby as a professional boxer he trained under the tutelage of the Former Cuban Head Coach and Future Hall Of Fame trainer, Ismael Salas. Under his guidance he compiled an impressive professional boxing record of 28 wins to only 1 loss. His professional career culminated in winning the PABA Title (Asian Boxing Champion).

As a former member of the Thai National Boxing Team he later went on to become part of the coach team of the 2007 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Games. Phaniang has worked in the most elite boxing gyms in Bangkok and Japan bringing with it an experience training everyone from absolute beginners to elite World Champions.

Titles and Accomplishments:

Professional Record.
220 Fights. 187 Wins. 30 Losses. 3 Draws

PABA Light Flyweight Title

Bresson Brel

  • World Boxing Champion & Coach
  • Congo National Boxing Champion
  • Congo National Boxing Champion
  • South African Professional Boxing Champion
  • UBO World Boxing Champion
  • Professional Boxing Coach Licence

Bresson was born in The Republic of the Congo into a boxing family. He is a former member of the Congolese Boxing Team and National Boxing Champion. Before turning professional he became the Central African Boxing Champion and Qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games.

After a superb Amatuer Boxing career he turned to professional boxing in South Africa whereby he became the South African Boxing Champion. Bresson finished up his professional boxing journey where he won the UBO World Championships.

As a trainer Bresson has trained a wide range including Hong Kong elite professional boxer Rex Tso, aspiring amater boxers and absolute beginners looking to get in shape.

Titles and Accomplishments:
Congo National Boxing Champion
Central African Boxing Champion
South African Professional Boxing Champion
UBO World Boxing Champion

Qualifications:
Professional Boxing Coach Licence

Kin Pang

  • Muay Thai Coach
  • HKMTA Muay Thai Coach
  • Certified Personal Trainer

Kin is an experienced Coach and active Muay Thai fighter. He has extensive experience in conducting both group and individual Muay Thai training classes and is a registered Muay Thai Coach under the Hong Kong Muay Thai Association.

His systematic teaching approach helps his students to achieve different fitness goals. His sessions are high energy and technical with an emphasis on fast paced combinations.

Qualifications:
HKMTA Muay Thai Coach
Certified Personal Trainer

Ricky Li

  • Manager
  • HKBA Boxing Coach
  • HKMTA Muay Thai Coach
  • HKBA Boxing Referee
  • HKMTA Referee

Ricky is a familiar face on reception and is responsible for the daily operations of the gym. If you have any enquiries please approach Ricky and he’ll be happy to answer.

In addition to running and managing the gym Ricky is also a registered HKBA Boxing Coach, HKMTA Muay Thai Coach, HKBA Boxing Referee and HKMTA Referee. He has an active role in the Hong Kong Boxing and Muay Thai community and is the club’s representative and secretary for the various associations.

Ricky also teaches our Muay Thai Outreach Programme at Hong Kong University.

Qualifications
HKBA Boxing Coach
HKMTA Muay Thai Coach
HKBA Boxing Referee
HKMTA Referee

Our mission is to make elite level coaching available to all. Whether you are an aspiring competitive boxer, white collar professional or first timer looking to bump up your fitness. Everyone is welcome.

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