Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok is the Madison Square Garden of Muay Thai (Thailand's ferocious brand of kickboxing).
On a big fight night, the front entrance to the rickety old structure is a beehive of activity. Street food vendors are grilling up mystery meats, and sharky ticket salesmen approach wide-eyed tourists.
Inside, boys and men engage in fierce hand-to-hand combat under fluorescent lights; crazed fans scream out with every landed blow and wager up to a month's salary on a single round.
The fighters are tiny—they ranged in size from 108 lbs to 133 lbs on the night I went—but they kick like mules, punch like mini Mike Tysons and throw harder elbows than Arvydas Sabonis.
Let's take a peak into the world of Muay Thai and the Friday night lights of Lumpini Stadium!
Photos and content are by hyperlocal city website Coconuts Bangkok.