NYC Muay Thai fighter Carmen Corchado has quietly been paying her dues for nearly the last five years. On Friday evening, she steps into the ring once again, this time under the brightest lights of all—at Madison Square Garden. Fighting an acclaimed opponent from Canada on Triumph Kombat, Corchado is unperturbed and focused. She’s on the hunt for another 125 lb title, in pursuit of adding to the two she already earned this year, from Friday Night Fights and No Boundaries.
As she prepares for her long-time coach, Kru Aaron Fisher of Kings Thaiboxing, to hold pads and train her, Corchado concentrates on wrapping her hands and warms up. With a record of 10-1 over the last two and half years, this is something she’s done time and time again.
“I already knew that I was going to join Kings before I entered the door,” Corchado says. “My brother used to train and fight with Aaron and I knew that if that was where my brother became a fighter, then there was nowhere else I wanted to be. There is no bullshit with Aaron. No beating around the bush. He tells me what to do and I do it. No questions asked. He is who is he and you need that kind of person in your corner.”
As they train in Kings’ ring, Fisher keeps Corchado honest, thumping the pads against her hands every time she drops them. He pushes her to hit and move, get in the pocket then get out, to go even faster, to not show when she’s tired. He lets her take a deep breath at the close of training, but makes her work hard the entire time during.
“He’s someone to put all your trust into,” she says. “Someone who is transparent and will tell you if you’re fucking up or not. Not someone to feed your ego. I need someone to keep it real with me and he does 100% of the time.”
Corchado’s ring temperament is tough and ready to scrap. Aggressive, exciting, she pressures her opponents to bend to her will. Watching her preparations, it’s clear she’s always hungry to fight, and her team at Kings Thaiboxing are eager to teach the promising fighter everything they know.