'Smoking' Joe Emmons was always into martial arts, mainly judo, karate and boxing from a young age, but actually preferred to kick a football as opposed to peoples heads for nearly 20 years while playing for a local team.
It was while living in Thailand nearly 10 years ago that saw him visit a Muay Thai gym to continue his passion for traditional western boxing.
Only months later he made his boxing debut but, it was while preparing for this fight that Joe became interested in the art of Muay Thai.
6 months of intense training in the motherland of the sport and Joe made his professional Muay Thai debut, winning with a spectacular TKO in the second round.
Three more years living and training in Thailand saw an impressive 7 win streak, earning him a title shot, which Joe easily won within 30 seconds of the very first round.
The Hua Hin championship is something Joe would later return to Thailand to win again, after 2 and a half years out with torn cartilage.
Still an active fighter, Joe has a 15 fight career in boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai with only three losses to his name.