My name is Melody Downs. I was an office professional by day, but quit my job at the start of 2017 to pursue my dreams of becoming the best Muaythai fighter I can be. I reside, train and fight out of Hamilton, New Zealand. I’ve had 27 fights (25 kickboxing / Muaythai and two corporate boxing fights). My Muaythai record stands at 19 wins and eight losses. I have a number of national titles, but I want to expand those accolades to include international and world titles.
I grew up in a small town called Kawerau, located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty in the country’s North Island. I never really ‘knew’ what I wanted to be when I grew up, but that all changed when I was introduced to Muaythai.
When I was 18 or 19 I saw my first Muaythai fight. At that moment I thought to myself “I want to do that.” I went to my first class at the age of 20 and, as they say, the rest is history.
Eight years on and I’m still training and fighting with the goal of one day becoming a world champion, or even better, a multiple world champion. I want to show people that this sport isn’t about being a meat-headed bully. It’s about learning how to overcome your fears and doubts, to respect others, to work hard and to strive for something greater than yourself.
This sport has taught me so many valuable lessons. It’s given me a purpose, goals to strive towards, a strong mind and has forced me to live a healthy lifestyle. More importantly, I’ve learned that through hard work and determination, anything is possible. These skills are transferable to all areas of life – like school, work and relationships – and I want to share that with others.