Interview with Lucien Carbin
Lucien Carbin is the manager and trainer for World Champion Muay Thai fighter, Illonka "Killer Queen" Elmont.
was interviewed for womenkickboxing.com by
What would you advise
any young women wanting to enter the sport?
would encourage it. I think itís a good way to learn respect
& discipline and get focused
does an amateur know she is ready to turn "pro"
is up to the manager / coach. Heís the one to know when sheís
How should she
go about looking for a competent trainer, and a manager?
the reputation of the gymís
mostly is her coach over here)
does she know if she is getting competent training and management?
she doesnít. But she will find out soon if she gets to fight.
How should young girls prepare themselves physically to begin
listening to their trainer/coach. Heís the one who knows her and knows
what she is capable off.
types of exercises, or drills, etc..do you recommend?
I recommend only what is directly related to a fight. In other
words, no workouts with weights, running and that kind of things.
Concrete fight related stuff only.
is a the going rate for women's Muay Thai of kick boxers as far as
purse, and travel lodging arrangements when they travel.
on the fight & mostly the event itself. Varies much.
How many days early should a fighter arrive on another continent to
avoid jet lag bad enough to impair their ability to fight?
least 1 but mostly 2 weeks intercontinental. (Depends on climate, time
many days of lodging does the average promoter pay for in in such cases?
3 days. (Negotiable of course)
countries, in your personal experience, were particularly friendly and
hospitable to visiting foreign fighters?
Russia & Thailand in my experience.
foreign countries are the most enjoyable to fight in?
Which have been
the least enjoyable, or problematic?
by far- followed by Great Britain.
hometown bias of the judges a universal problem in all foreign countries
? ...or just some?
yes, but in my own experience mostly in Great Britain and France.
The Problem is mainly jury & bonds. There not often independent.
do the Thai women seem to get ko'd so often by foreigners?
because of weight differences. Thai coaches easily agree to fight
(abroad) in a very different weight class.
my (and Ilonkaís) experience the Thai women are good
fighters and they are serious fighters. That is the Wrong image, because
of the fights (and losses) in different weight classes. (Ilonka just did
a training in Thailand and met some pretty good female fighters there).
Who are some of the best pound for pound, women Muay Thai fighters in
really don't have enough knowledge on women MT fighters in general
to give a fair answer. I only follow and focus on Ilonkaís
weight class and sometimes study a particular fighter if there is a
fight for Ilonka. (She did a couple of fights above her normal weight
I However, if I had to answer, I would say. Lisa Houghton- Smith and Mrs. Lowe (I forget her first name).
am Very much for it. Like you, I thinks itís a disgrace to
so, would he agree or not agree that a separate sanctioning body for
women is a good idea?
What do you think about three minute rounds for women as
well as men?
Think that kind of discrimination between women and men is ridiculous!
At my gym, Ilonka doesnít do any less than any of male fighters in
Do you think women
are physically capable fighting three minute rounds?
In my experience they are, and this discrimination between
sexes is only in Europe. They donít make this difference in Thailand
as far as I know.
Then, do you
that doing the same five three minute rounds as the men, would increase
respect for Women Thai boxers?
it would certainly help. I would prefer the same rules for men
I think the standing 8 count is a good rule. So, I
would not want to get rid of it.
very much depending on the event- and itís very much negotiable. I
cannot give a fair answer. It varies a lot.