Tiffany van Soest, one of the most talented Muay Thai athletes in the world, took to social media late Thursday night to share some unfortunate news regarding one of her employers, Lion Fight Promotions.
According to van Soest, Lion Fight has yet to pay the purse for her most recent appearance inside of the ring. The appearance came in January, when van Soest, who is already the promotion’s featherweight title holder, defeated Ashley Nichols for the bantamweight title.
The win improved van Soest’s professional Muay Thai record to 14-2-1.
In order to make up for the lack of pay, van Soest is being forced to sell her title belt.
“I need to sell my World Title to pay my bills and relieve the debt accumulated in preparation for that bout,” van Soest said.
This is an unfortunate situation all around. Athletes put themselves through intense physical and mental training in order to prepare for an upcoming fight. For a promotion to withhold pay from a champion also makes you wonder how many other fighters were left without proper compensation for their efforts.
Let’s hope van Soest can get the money she deserves.
Campus Sports reached out to Lion Fight Promotions for comment, but so far has not received a response.
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