It’s official, English Muay Thai world champion Alexis Rufus has retired from competing in Muay Thai. Although the retirement wasn’t public knowledge until today, the decision was made a few months ago. Alexis stated yesterday on her facebook page…
“A few months ago I made the decision not to compete professionally anymore in Thai Boxing. It was one of the toughest decisions I've had to make but in retrospect it was the right time for me. I took up a new challenge & joined a CrossFit gym. I've just competed in my first individual competition & won...”
It’s great to hear that Alexis is still going to be putting her incredible fitness to good use. Congratulations on your first CrossFit win Alexis!
We are sure that much of the Muay Thai community is saddened to find out that Alexis’ retirement is official as she has been exciting audiences for around seven years. Her last fight was for a British title against Christi Brereton in which she lost via unanimous decision. Whilst this is not the ideal result a fighter wants to retire on, it should be remembered that Alexis has always fought some of the very best fighters in the world… Sawsing Sor Sopit, Lucy Payne, Tiffany Van Soest, Mellony Geugjes, Joanne Calderwood etc, and everyone should remember the out and out war against Iman Barlow back in March 2013, one of the very best female Muay Thai fights we've seen.
In regards to the titles that this lady has won, it’s pretty impressive! She has been the world champion for ISKA, WPMF, WMC, WKA, and the IKF, and European champion for ISKA and the WMC.
Alexis retires with a respectable 28-7-0 record. We wish her all the best in her new adventure into CrossFit competition!