Atlanta-based Muay Thai fighter Eddie Walker found his calling because after years of exercise and weight lifting he found himself still unable to get the results he was seeking. Five years ago, while trying to stay in shape he walked into Knuckle Up Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia and began taking Muay Thai classes. After a few months of training at Knuckle Up Fitness, Eddie caught the eye of professional Muay Thai fighter, Anthony Nieves. Impressed by his power and natural talent, Nieves asked Eddie if he had ever given fighting a thought.
This chance encounter would be the beginning of a new journey for Eddie. A journey that has taken him from fighting at local promotions such as Bangkok Fight Night in Atlanta, traveling all the way to Macedonia and representing the US on the Enfusion kickboxing reality show, and finally knocking out one of America’s current kickboxing superstars, Joe “Stich’Em Up” Schilling at Lion Fight Promotions’ “Lion Fight 7: Schilling vs. Walker”. This win at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas brought his growing record to 9 wins, 7 by way of knock out, 1 draw and 1 loss.
However, like many fighters in the U.S., Eddie has to balance his training and professional fight career with a full time job since Muay Thai has yet to offer purses large enough for a fighter to dedicate themselves solely to Muay Thai or Kickboxing. Eddie laughed when he explained that he works as a safety director at a paper mill saying that, “I pretty much make sure people stay safe and don’t get hurt by day but then hurt people at night.”
Aside from balancing his Muay Thai career with his job, Eddie also has to dedicate time to his family – wife Ashley, his 9 year old son, and 4 year old daughter. For this reason, Eddie explains that when it’s time to fight he has to abide by a strict schedule. Waking up at 4:00 am every day during the week, Eddie starts off his day with at least a 3 mile run before heading to work from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm. At 4:00 pm, Eddie heads to training and many times doesn’t get home until 7 or 8 in the evening.
Eddie balances his training between two different gyms in the Atlanta area – Knuckle Up Fitness and Madhouse Gym where he trains with 6-time world champion Manu N’toh.
While Muay Thai continues to grow in the U.S. most of the media attention has been on the two main hotbeds of Muay Thai, which are the East Coast, specifically New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and the West Coast, specifically California and Nevada. However, other areas of the U.S. have slowly begun to build their own talented Muay Thai prospects.
Eddie Walker represents the new breed of Muay Thai fighters that are coming out of the United States. 2013 has proven to be an exciting year while ranking in the top 10 Professional Muay Thai fighters in the States and signing with world premier stand-up fighting league Glory .
Walker has quickly grown a reputation as a hard hitting knock out specialist and is respected in the sport for his heart and passion for Muay Thai. We look forward to the road ahead for this impressive fighter who has easily earned his name, Eddie “Showtime” Walker.
Name: Eddie Walker
Fight Name: Showtime
From: Atlanta, GA
Fight Weight: 170-185 lbs.
Record: 13-5-1 (10 KO’s)
Fight Style: Muay Thai/Kickboxing
BFC Amateur Champion
2010 BFC Fighter of the Year
2010 Georgia Fighters Fight of the Year
2011 USA Representative on Enfusion
BFC Light Heavyweight Champion
ISKA 85kg. Inter Continental Champion
2012 Georgia Fighters Muay Thai Fighter of the Year
2012 Georgia Fighters Muay Thai Fight of the Year
2012 Muay Thai Authorities KO of the Year
2012 MTA #6 Ranked P4P Muay Thai Fighter in North America
#1 Ranked WBC Light Heavy Weight in North America
#1 North American Fighter KO by Muay Thai Authority
2013 Georgia Fighters Muay Thai Fighter of the Year
2013 Georgia Fighters Muay Thai Fight of the Year
2014 Georgia Fighters Muay Thai Fighter of the Year
2014 Georgia Fighters Muay Thai Fight of the Year
Manu Ntoh, A legendary fighter, martial arts artist, six time world champion: WMTC (’96), IMF (’96), World Drakka (’98, ’99), ISKA (2000), IKKC (’02, ’06), IKF Full Rules Muay Thai (2008) and professional boxer. Manu is a top ranked former NABA, NABO and IBA contender. For more info CLICK HERE.
Johan DeLeeuw, Born and raised in the Netherlands, Johan DeLeeuw started training in Muay Thai at the age of 14 after being inspired by the fights he saw on TV. He was introduced to kickboxing by legendary Mejiro Gym Trainer Stefan Berkenpas. Mejiro Gym is one of the most famous and accomplished kickboxing gyms in the World. Mejiro Gym is the home of World Champions, such as Rob Kaman (WKA, ISKA, IKBF, 9 time IMF World Champion), Andre Mannaart (3 time WKA World Champion, ISKA World Champion, WPKL World Champion, ), Bob Schreiber en Remy Bonjasky (K-1 2003, 2004, 2008 Champion, WPKA World Champion). Professional Fighting Record: Wins: 6, Losses: 0, By K.O.: 5. Amateur Record: Wins: 11, Losses: 0
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