Updated: Aug 16
✦ Aussie born and bred, Celest Muriel Hansen is now making huge strides in the world of Muay Thai. Having already made history in the drive for equality in the sport and with a professional contract now in her sights, the future is bright and full of opportunity for this talented and determined fighter.
On August 13th Celest headed into the ring at Lumpinee Muay Thai Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand for the biggest fight of her career so far. However, despite the magnitude of the occasion, the Aussie fighter displayed no nerves or doubts. She is, after all, a trailblazer who has already been a part of history at the famed home of Muay Thai.
Hailing from Sydney, Celest is now based in Phuket where she religiously hones her craft. The August 13th fight pitted her against Thailand’s Phetsinin Sor Phuangthong in the women’s atomweight quarter-final as part of the Fairtex Fight Road To ONE Thailand tournament. She was one of only two foreign female fighters selected for the competition.
Celest won the fight with a devastating second-round technical knockout and now advances to the semi-final contest in her division. Should she win the division Celest will receive a six-fight contract with ONE Championship worth US$100,000. Singapore-based ONE Championship is Asia’s largest sports media property featuring bouts in mixed martial arts, submission grappling, kickboxing and Muay Thai – some say Asia’s equivalent to the UFC although with aspirations to be even bigger.
Now ranked as the WBC Muay Thai Light Flyweight world number one, 28-year-old Celest has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. As a youngster her family worked huge promotional shows, such as The Easter Show, which meant a nomadic lifestyle down under. This also made it difficult for her in her formative years to lay down any significant roots or establish any sort of lasting relationship with a sports organisation – however, even if she could, she confesses that she wasn’t especially pro-sport as a youngster.
“I wouldn’t even run the 100 metres as a kid as I couldn’t stand any sort of exercise,” she admits with a chuckle.