Duncan Airlie James

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Duncan Airlie James
Duncan Airlie James at In Search Of La Che Premiere.jpg
Duncan Airlie James at the In Search Of La Che Premiere, November 2011
Born Duncan Campbell
(1961-05-23) 23 May 1961 (age 53)
Helensburgh, Scotland
Nationality Scotland Scottish
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb; 15.4 st)
Division Heavyweight
Style Kickboxing, Muay Thai
Fighting out of Glasgow, Scotland
Team Strikeforce Glasgow
Years active 198?–2006
Kickboxing record
Total 48
Wins 32
Losses 14
Draws 2
No contests 0
Other information
Website http://www.duncanairliejames.com/

Duncan Airlie James (born Duncan Campbell on 23 May 1961) is a Scottish former heavyweight kickboxer.[1][2] He was the first Scottish fighter to win a world Muay Thai title and fight in K-1.

Biography and career[edit]

James was born Duncan Campbell and was educated at the fee-paying Keil School where he was a competitive rugby player. His martial arts background began when he took up Shotokan karate. He was also a drummer and played with a number of bands including Nazareth. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the US to pursue new musical avenues.[3]

When he returned to Scotland, he took up Muay Thai kickboxing in the late 1980s. In 1993, he won his first title, the World Kickboxing Association Commonwealth Light Heavyweight Championship. After successfully defending that title, he vacated it and moved up to the Cruiserweight division and later the Heavyweight division where he won a number of other titles. In February 1999, he made his K-1 debut against Japanese legend Musashi at K-1 Rising Sun '99 and lost via technical knockout after being knocked down three times in the third round. He went on to fight twice more in Japan that year, drawing with Yoji Anjo and losing to karate master Nobuaki Kakuda.

He retired in 2006 with a record of 32 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws.

Titles and honours[edit]

Muay Thai:

  • WKA Commonwealth Super Light Heavyweight Champion (1993)
  • ISKA World Super Cruiserweight Champion (1998)
  • WKN World Heavyweight Champion (2001)
  • WAKO World Heavyweight Champion (2003)
  • WKF World Heavyweight Champion (2005)
  • WPKA World Heavyweight Champion


  • WKO World Cruiserweight Champion (1995)
  • WKA World Heavyweight Champion (2001)

Kickboxing record[edit]

32 Wins, 14 Losses, 2 Draws
Date Result Opponent Event Method Round Time Location Notes
2006 Loss Czech Republic Daniel Waciakowski TKO (shoulder injury) For WPKL and KL World Heavyweight Championships.
15 April 2006 Loss Canada Giuseppe DiNatale Colosseum 2 KO (punches) Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada For IKF World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship.
May, 2005 Win Hungary Tibor Nagy World Professional Kickboxing Association/World Kickboxing Federation Decision (Unanimous) - - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland Wins World Professional Kickboxing Association and World Kickboxing Federation World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championships.
22 February 2004 Loss England Chris Batcheldor K-1 Battle of Britain 2004 Decision 3 3:00 England Wolverhampton, England
November, 2003 Win Italy Angelo Grenata WAKO TKO 2 - Italy Palermo, Italy Wins WAKO World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship.
13 April 2003 Loss England Phil Williams K-1 World Grand Prix 2003 Preliminary UK Decision 5 3:00 England Birmingham, England
5 April 2002 Loss Belarus Sergei Ivanovich Decision 3 1:53 Scotland Motherwell, Scotland For WAKO and ISKA World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championships.
30 June 2001 Win France Stephane Reveillon World Kickboxing Network KO 1 - Northern Ireland Belfast, Northern Ireland Wins World Kickboxing Network World Heavyweight Muay Thai Championship.
April, 2001 Win KO 1 England Worcester, England Wins WKA International Super Heavyweight Championship.
16 April 2000 Loss England John Wyatt K-1 UK Battle of Britain 2000 TKO 2 2:00 England Birmingham, England
6 June 1999 Loss Japan Nobuaki Kakuda K-1 Survival '99 Decision (Unanimous) 5 3:00 Japan Sapporo, Japan
15 May 1999 Loss France Jerome Turcan Strikeforce Decision 5 3:00 United States San Jose, California, USA
22 March 1999 Draw Japan Yoji Anjo K-1 The Challenge '99 Decision 5 3:00 Japan Tokyo, Japan
3 February 1999 Loss Japan Musashi K-1 Rising Sun '99 TKO (3 Knockdowns) 2 2:52 Japan Tokyo, Japan
16 August 1998 Loss England Chris Wright KO 2 2:04 England St. Helens, England Loss I.K.F Pro Muay Thai Cruiserweight World Title.
June, 1998 Win France Christophe de Tholomaise Decision Northern Ireland Bangor, Northern Ireland Wins ISKA World Super Cruiserweight Muay Thai Championship.
1997 Win England Paul Senior WKA: Quest KO - - England Birmingham, England Wins WKA: Quest Cruiserweight tournament.
September, 1995 Win Netherlands Hassan Babchi KO 1 - Scotland Glasgow, Scotland Wins WKO Cruiserweight World Championship.
9 October 1993 Win England Lee Hasdell WKA TKO (cut) - - England England Wins WKA Light Heavyweight Commonwealth Muay Thai Championship.

Acting Work[edit]

Duncan Airlie James (centre) at the premiere of In Search of La Che

Since retiring, Duncan has retrained as an actor and has starred in many and varied films. His first leading role was as John Tavish in the 2011 Scottish feature film In Search Of La Che.[4] He also made a small cameo appearance in the film Perfect Sense starring Ewan McGregor.[5]


Year Film Director(s) Role Notes
2009 Perfect Sense David MacKenzie Gym Fighter
2010 Civilisation Nicholas Vafio Harry
Wrath of a Suffragette Seth Ward / Kev Bagnall Gerry
Godforsaken Sarah Harlow Ed
2011 Lisa Deserves Better Paul Allison Daniel
The Juice Phil Thompson Frankie Boy
Brathair Eve Leonard Steven
In Search of La Che Mark Ferguson John Tavish First Leading Role
Fate Waits Ben Macgregor Mark Syllka
Got It Dean Howard Big Al
Snagged Mark Brown Ziggy
2012 Iustitia Dave Craig Iustitia Omnibus
Violation Peter Hardy / Charlie Parker Commander Grier
Dust Paul MacAdam Thommo
Loan Ruahdri Hunter Gerry
The Priest with Two Guns Rodney Reynolds Father O'Reilly
The Greyness of Autumn Chris Quick Danny McGuire Voice
2013 Starred Up David Mackenzie Officer Bandano
Jab, Cross, Hook Shaun Sutton Tam McLean
Unsuitable Naomi Phillips Jimmy
Fleshmarket Close Eve Leonard Duncan
2014 Glory Hunter Craig Maclachlan Jerry Gallagher
Mitchum Jemma Sutherland Detective Inspector Mitchum TV pilot
K'Nibble Andrew Dobbie Gregg McLaren


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