Israeli boxer puts up a good fight

Former Jerusalemite Ilya Grad was recently crowned the world’s best Thai boxer as well as one of the world’s 50 most gorgeous and talented Jewish men.

April 4, 2013 16:13
4 minute read.
World champ Ilya Grad proudly displays the Israeli flag

Boxer 370. (photo credit: Courtesy ISRAEL21c)


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On his 16th birthday, Ilya Grad decided to seek a positive outlet for his restless teenage rage. He abruptly came in from the Jerusalem streets, leaving his drinking and brawling days behind and beginning anew under the tutelage of Benny Cogan, president of Israel’s Thai Boxing Federation.

Soon to turn 26, Grad was recently crowned the 2013 World Muaythai Council (WMC) World Champion. He relocated to Thailand in 2007 to become a serious contender, but he has continued proudly to represent Israel.


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