Despite the fact she’s only just old enough to walk into a bar, Dakota Ditcheva is perhaps the most feared female Muay Thai fighter in the UK. One of the most exciting talents to come out of the country in years, Dakota has already powered past several highly rated opponents in her age bracket and stormed up to the summit of the rankings.
The daughter of former World Kickboxing Association champion Lisa Howarth, Dakota was born with the fighting art of Muay Thai flowing through her veins. Combat sports are in her blood, and whilst she is a typical teenager in person, Dakota is a different beast altogether in the ring. Her style is both aggressive and innovative, and previous bouts have seen her flatten ring opponents before they’ve even had chance to find their bearings.
Competing in her very first Muay Thai fight at the astonishing age of 4, Dakota temporarily tried her hand at other sports such as gymnastics and football before eventually finding herself back in the combat sports ring eight years later. Since then she has claimed several honours at junior level (European and World Championship belts) and senior level (the ISKA British Title), as well as the ‘Most Outstanding Junior Female In The World Championships 2015’ – an accolade no other British fighter has ever won. Dakota also bagged a prize at the Pride of Sports Awards in 2015, winning ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’.
Dakota has become the teenage face of the British female Muay Thai scene, and it is plain to see that she has a huge future ahead of her. Tanko Management are enormously excited to be representing her, and will offer her the support she needs to grow into the world-beating fighter that everyone knows she has the potential to be.
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Date: 25th March 2017
Location: Macron Stadium, Bolton
Dakota’s incredible win streak was finally brought to a halt at YOKKAO 24, with Amy Pirnie becoming the first ever fighter to beat the Tanko teen at pro level. Dakota put in a sensationally spirited shift on the night, but ultimately came up short on the scorecard. She might not have got the win she wanted, but Dakota reveled in the experience nonetheless. She was born to fight the best and will surely come back stronger than ever before.
Tanko Muay Thai League
Date: 12h February, 2017
Location: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
Dakota fought back from a torrid injury to answer her critics in style at the inaugural Tanko Muay Thai League. The Norther Spirit fighter blasted her way past Kat Paton inside the first round to stretch her win streak into double-figures, setting up a mouth-watering contest with Amy Pirnie at YOKKAO 24.
Date: 25th June, 2016
Location: Selwyn Jones Sports Centre, St Helens
Dakota went marching on to make it 9 wins on the trot in St Helens, sweeping aside Katia Pinto in the headline bout at Fighting Machines: Machines on Fire. Despite fracturing her right during the second round, Dakota still managed to dominate her first A-Class fight and go storming on to yet another victory.
The Tanko Main Event
Date: 14th May 2016
Location: USN Arena, Bolton
Dakota recorded an eighth straight win at The Tanko Main Event, claiming the ISKA British Title by battering Emma Bragg. Dakota was on top form right from the off for this contest, knocking Bragg out as early as the second round with some devastating kicks and knee strikes.
Yokkao 17 – Yokkao 18
Date: 19th March 2016
Location: Macron Stadium, Bolton
Dakota was again forced to deal with a late opponent change in her bout at Yokkao 17-18, and again she proved up to the task. On this occasion, Dakota swept aside Spanish fighter Maria Becerra in the first round by TKO, taking her win streak to 7 and setting the stage perfectly for her big fight with Emma Bragg at The Tanko Main Event in May.
Road to the Main Event
Date: 21st November 2015
Location: Village Hotel, Ashton-under-Lyne
Dakota was originally scheduled to square off against Esma Hasshass at Road To The Main Event 2015, but the Dutch fighter pulled out at the last minute. Subsequently, the Tanko teen was awarded a fresh tie against experienced Frenchwoman Myriame Djedidi. The change of opponent did nothing to ruffle Dakota, who won by unanimous decision.
IFMA World Championship 2015
Date: 22nd August 2015
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Dakota Ditcheva went all the way in the IFMA World Championships in 2015, defeating fighters from all over the planet and taking home the gold medal for Britain. For her wonderful performance in the tournament, Dakota was also awarded the prestigious “Best Junior Female Fighter” award.
Dakota’s next fight is being arranged as we speak…