Continuing our series of interviews with serious sports people, we caught up with World Muay Thai boxing champion Iman Barlow.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was growing up I wanted to be a surgeon, then my Mum brought me a video to watch about surgery and I hated the blood so I decided that it wasn't for me! I've never really grown up wanting to be in a certain profession. The only thing that stood out was my passion for sport as I used to also be a good cross-country runner.
Please describe the high and low of your fighting career.
The highest moment of my fighting career was definitely winning the S1 world title in Bangkok at such a young age (14) because it was an amazing moment and I was so happy to see my family and friends so proud of me.
A low point in my fighting career was when I was about 16 and was unsure on what I wanted to do. I took a year out to find myself and in that year it made me realize that Muay Thai is what I wanted to do in life and I feel lucky that I was able to bounce back into fighting so quickly.
What are your three top tips for amateur fighters?
What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?
“Stick at it”, Mum & Dad.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say to them?
I’d like to meet Alan out of the film ‘Hangover’ and spend the day with him as it would be so funny.
What is your motivation to keep going, especially on the days when you just don't want to go to train?
My motivation to get to training is the thought of winning and the adoration afterwards. I like to inspire people through my fighting, so I train hard to impress in the ring.
How do you spend your free time?
Sleeping, eating, chilling with friends, on my laptop, watching films at the cinema, shopping, and generally having a laugh.
What is your best and worst fight moves and why?
I don't have a worst fight move, as if I cannot do something very well, I practice until I get it correct. I don’t really have a best fight move either, I like to mix everything up and keep the fight entertaining.
What are your ambitions for the future?
My ambition for the future is to fight all around the world to show people that women can fight and be just as entertaining as men.
Who is the most famous person you have met? And the most famous person on your mobile?
The famous people I have met have been Paula Radcliffe, Audley Harrison, Sanchai, Buakaw, and Ricky Gervais. The most famous people on my mobile phone are my managers; Kieran Keddle and Vinny Shoreman, who commentate on big K1 and Muay Thai boxing show around the world.
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