Panicos first started practising Muay Thai for fitness and self-defense, but soon realized it meant much more than that to him. Two months after stepping into the gym for the first time, he entered his first Muay Thai bout. He then competed extensively for the Cyprus national Muay Thai team, traveling all the way to Russia and Lebanon to test his skills in the ring.
In 2005, Yusuf relocated to Manchester, England. Under Stockport coach Paul Tite, Panicos tore his way up the rankings – defeating renowned Thai fighter Rung Kharnphan along the way. He has since compiled almost 40 wins in a sterling professional career, and he has even been ranked as the United Kingdom’s very best Muay Thai athlete in his weight class.
When Tite moved to Thailand in 2010, Panicos worked with Liam Robinson for several years, and eventually decided to go into coaching himself and is currently a signed ONE championship athlete.
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