Swedish Muay Thai fighter Andreas Lilliecrona had a great 2023. In three fights he won two titles and can now call himself both Swedish and European champion.
Talking to Frontkick, the Varberg fighter broke down the fights and gave a glimpse of what will come in 2024.
“It’s been a good and eventful year but I haven’t got as many fights as I wanted. Some fights have been cancelled,” Lilliecrona says. “I was about to go pro but that plan went to hell.”
The scheduled pro debut against Kin Dahlgren collided with the Nordic Championships, and since Lilliecrona represented the Swedish National Team he chose the Nordic Championships. However, that fight was cancelled so unfortunately he got no pro fight nor Nordic Championship bout.
“In total I just fought three fights with three wins this year. The first one against Emil Näsman at STHLM Fight Night, then the Swedish Championship against Dennis Jacobssen and then the European Championships.”
Stopped dangerous Croatian fighter
As a proud Swedish National Team member, Andreas Lilliecrona recently went to Turkey to participate in the European Muay Thai Championships.
“The Swedish squad is just the nicest and most professional people ever,” Lilliecrona says. “Every athlete did so well. Of course I wanted to fight more than one fight, but I did my part and that was enough for a gold medal.”
In his first fight of the tournament, he got an impressive second-round stoppage victory over experienced Croatian fighter Vito Kosar.
“I had a stiff start with a lot of nerves and it was a new level of resistance that I faced before. But as soon as I got into the fight it felt great to finish such an experienced fighter the way I did.”
In the finals, he defeated his Russian opponent via walkover to secure the gold medal.
Andreas Lilliecrona wants to go pro
After the holiday’s, it’s time to get back in the ring at the Nordic Championships in January, before hopefully making his pro debut some time during 2024.
“I just hope to get more fights,” Lilliecrona says. “There’s high levels inom martial arts that I want to reach. I want to become the best athlete I can be.”