November 27, 1976|
|Died||June 24, 2009(aged 32)|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||103.0 kg (227.1 lb; 16.22 st)|
|Team||Vallentuna Boxing Camp|
Martin Holm (November 27, 1976 – June 24, 2009) was a Swedish Muay Thai kickboxer and former WMC Muaythai World Champion. In K-1 he fought against some of the biggest stars at the time, like Ernesto Hoost, Ray Sefo, Michael McDonald and Glaube Feitosa.
Biography and career
When Martin Holm was seven years old, he started swimming in the local swimming school. A few years later he became interested in Aikido and practiced it for four years. Soon after he became interested in Shotokan Karate. When he was 14 he entered one of the Muay Thai gyms in Stockholm, "Slagskeppet Muay Thai," where he met Jörgen Kruth and immediately was taken by the sport.
Martin was 18 years old and vacationing in Thailand with friends when he had his first fight. He was not prepared for the fight but his opponent was an experienced local Muay Thai fighter. Holm attacked hard, fired a lot of shots and won the fight by a knockout with knee strikes at the 30 second mark in the first round. Martin decided to follow his training friend Jorgen Kruth to the most professional fighting gyms in Scandinavia, Vallentuna Boxing Camp www.vbc.se, in an attempt to get to the next level. From Vallentuna he had some professional fights and later entered K-1 two years after Kruth.
Holm fought over 30 fights before the WMC World Title match in 1999, in Thailand.
In 2002, he made his K-1 debut at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 in Nagoya. He knocked out Namibian Jokki Oberholtzer at 1'38" in the first round. His next fight was against Brazilian karate practitioner Glaube Feitosa. Holm won again by a first round knock out.
In 2002, in Saitama, Japan, he faced his toughest opponent yet, K-1 superstar Ray Sefo from New Zealand. Holm lost the evenly fought battle by majority decision. He finished his rookie year in K-1 at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2002 Finals undercard against Canadian Michael McDonald.
After three years off, in January 2007, he announced he will be making his comeback to K-1.
Martin Holm was found dead on 24 June 2009. The cause of death was suicide by hanging. Holm had been privately struggling with depression and an emotional imbalance.
- 1994 SIMTA Pro Muay Thai European Champion
- 1997 WKA Amateur Kickboxing World Champion
- 1998 IAMTF Amateur Muay Thai European Champion
- 1999 IFMA Kings Cup Winner
- 1999 WMC Pro Muay Thai World Champion