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This is kind of an odd question, I know! In a recent conversation, the topic came up that there were a number of Spanish fighters (Eva Naranjo and Jose Luis Gonzalez) that have won a Muay Thai world championship, but I can't find any official records. A couple of boxing videos of one of them, and local news sites talking about them. Is there just not enough public information available to find out about them? One of the local news even talks about a past Olympic gold medal in Muay Thai...

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https://www.awakeningfighters.com/athletes/eva-naranjo/

 

^A fairly good profile on Eva, although it doesnt record her winning the WPMF 115 world title. I couldn't find anything on Jose. Muay Thai isnt in the Olympics but it is in the World Combat Games which may have been what the news report was talking about. Spain did get a gold medal there. I remember there used to be a good Spanish fighter from 7muaythai Gym.

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