Fight shouldn't have happened

Many people have been questioning the legality of the Asia Fighting Championship "celebrity fight" between bodybuilder Pradip Subramanian and YouTube personality Steven Lim that ended in tragedy (Fight should never have been sanctioned; Sept 25).

Last year, the president of the Amateur Muaythai Association of Singapore (Amas) was quoted as saying that in competitions, amateurs wear full protective gear, semi-pros wear partial protective gear and professionals fight without protective gear.

Lim and Pradip were both novices, not professionals. Why were they not given head or body protection?

Fighters need to train for months to condition their bodies for a fight.

While Lim had been training, Pradip had been pulled in as a replacement for Sylvester Sim just a day before the event. How could the organisers have allowed him to compete?

In fact, how could a match between Lim and Sim have been allowed in the first place? It looks like there is big difference in their weights.

Lastly, why was Pradip helped out of the ring and not carried out on a stretcher? Was there not a proper protocol on injured fighters?

I am very disappointed with how Amas has handled this competition.

It does not bode well for the future of muay thai in Singapore.

Mary Chua Bee Geok (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2017, with the headline 'Fight shouldn't have happened'. Print Edition | Subscribe