A Leamington based Thai boxer is hoping to inspire more people to enjoy accessible sport after moving into his first business centre unit.
Anthony Haughian, 42 from Coventry who started his Thai boxing business following 29 years of training, coaching and competing in the industry, is now expanding his business after moving into a new unit at Space Business Centre Warwick.
Anthony was introduced to Thai boxing when he was 13 before being introduced to the accessible nature of gym boxing for fitness during the 8 years he spent as a manager at an Australian gym.
After completing a youth training scheme at 17, Anthony became passionate about coaching people and helping to improve their fitness and technique in the ring, and started coaching clients in the boxing ring and at gyms across Warwickshire.
After 17 years of one-on-one coaching and inspired by his two children’s involvement in the sport, Anthony decided take the leap and began to look at starting his own business in March 2023.
Anthony was looking to create an accessible and enjoyable gym space for clients to enjoy, destress and improve their fitness levels, with the flexibility of self-employment that allowed him to continue coaching his son and daughter in the sport they all loved.
Anthony found Space Business Centre Warwick and has now moved to the centre, after being impressed by the site’s central location and the flexibility the space offered for classes and coaching.
The centre’s flexible contract and variety of unit sizes were perfect for Anthony’s first move into self-employment, allowing him to create the perfect space for his sessions.
Alongside his new unit, Anthony has invested in new equipment to support clients, including circuit ropes, teardrop bags and the more innovative Aqua and Fairtex punching bags, allowing me to offer clients more varied workout sessions.
Anthony now offers a mixture of one-to-one and group boxing for fitness sessions, with a steady growing client base since opening.
Anthony said: “My first few weeks at Space have been great, and I have seen my client base really grow since opening. They love the new unit’s atmosphere and how the space has allowed me to increase the services I can offer.
“After making the decision to follow my passion and become self-employed, I knew I wanted a base that offered both flexibility and community in a great location, and was delighted to discover Space Business Centre.
“Moving to Space has really helped turn my business idea into reality, so I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Katherine Skerry, Site Manager at AC Lloyd Space Business Centre Warwick, said: “It is great to hear how Anthony’s move to Space Warwick has helped him start his own Thai boxing business and become self-employed.
“We have a vibrant and growing community of smalls businesses from across Warwickshire based at our Business Centre and are looking forward to continuing enabling tenants like Anthony to start their own business.”