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Lack of job opportunities in northern Thailand means many young rural children become Muay Thai fighters in a bid for a better life.
Dutch photojournalist Rohan Radheya spent a month documenting a group of young fighters during their training.
“One day they hope to become professionals and fight in the bigger cities such as Chiang Mai and Bangkok where the big money is,” said Rohan.
“Competition is tough, and training sessions are long and hard.”
In remote areas near the Burma and Laos borders, small village festivals (dandavats) attract young Muay Thai fighters to compete against each other for a few hundred baht (less than $10).
“Some of them are as young as six-years-old,” said Rohan. “They train months for this opportunity. The chances of getting hurt is high and the loser doesn’t get paid anything.”
A selection of Rohan’s images are in the gallery above.