The upcoming showdown at Rebellion 30 is not just a clash of fighters, but a collision of legacies. The top talent from the UK battles Australia’s best in a world title fight. Daniel Bonner battles George Mann over 5 rounds of action for the coveted WBC Muaythai Super Middleweight title.
The Bonner Background
The UK star’s journey to Muay Thai began in Warrington. There Daniel and his twin brother, Matthew began kickboxing. They both dipped their toes into MMA, but things changed when Daniel tried the science of 8 limbs.
“Then I did a Muay Thai fight. Loved it. Carried on winning so carried on training Muay Thai on its own,” Bonner said.
Bonner focused on striking and staying active. The fight at Rebellion will be his fifth professional bout of the year.
“I like being active, I love competing, the discipline of it,” he said.
This bout will be at 168lbs or 76.204kg. Bonner normally competes at Light Heavyweight. He is ranked #2 by the WBC Muay Thai. He’s coming down in weight to take on Mann.
“Obviously dieting is hard. It’s hard on your body, but it gets me out of bed every morning. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it,” Donner said.
Daniel And Matthew Bonner
Love Of The Fight
There’s a lot of love for Donner. He owns his own gym. This helps him organize strength and conditioning segments He’s able to structure his training around his schedule.
He trains with Josh Hill. Hill is on the card as well. He fights David Pennimpede.
“Me and Josh have fought on shows before and stayed in the same hotels. He's cornered me as well,” Bonner said.
Along with Hill, Bonner trains with his taller twin brother. This is a massive aid for Bonner. Mann, his opponent, is tall as.
“I've always done better against the taller guys,” Bonner said. “My last opponent was tall, about 6 feet and a southpaw as well.”
Bonner is used to punching up and punching hard.
“I don't think Mann hits as hard as me, but I'm not going out there saying I'm going to knock him out,” Bonner said. “Mann is very, very good at what he does.”
The Majestic Muay Thai Team
Both Mann and Bonner come from the UK. Mann is originally from Scotland. Bonner from England. The scene and athletes are growing.
“The UK at the minute is a massive player on the world Muay Thai scene,” he said.
It’s becoming a large part of the sport because of opportunities like this one. They will fight for the WBC Super Middleweight title. For larger athletes, it is the pinnacle.
“For the heavier guys in my weight class there is no Lumpinee or Rajadamnern Stadium titles,” Bonner said. “Fighting for this WBC belt. It' a massive opportunity.”
It is Bonner's first chance to fight on Rebellion as well. He’s a fan of the show.
“I've watched Toby Smith fight and it's a big show. Rebellion's a great show. The production is good. The social media is really good. It's very professional,” he said.
It will be Bonner’s chance to do his job as a professional fighter on November 18th.
He’ll take on George Mann for the WBC Muay Thai Super Middleweight title.