Talents of Nuvei: Sean St. Louis
Sean St-Louis is the manager of the E-commerce Relationship Management team. He is also a Muay Thai fighter. It is an interesting combination, so we asked Sean to tell us his story.
Sean has been an active person his entire life – he ran track in high school and played volleyball, which he still does, in college. He always wanted to try martial arts, so he decided that he must do it before he turns 30. He thought once he gets into his 30s he’d be too old to start practicing Muay Thai.
The first class he tried was packed so he didn’t get that learning experience he was expecting. That is when he decided to opt for private classes to help him speed up his advancement. Private lessons allowed Sean to learn much faster and a couple of years later he was invited to his first fight.
Sean fights one level below the professional. The pro fighters are allowed to use “elbow to the face” strikes, and it is not something that Sean can afford. Due to his role at Nuvei, he travels a lot and participates in high profile meetings with large companies. He thinks it would not be very professional to have bruises on his face in the corporate environment. That’s why Sean has no plans to move on to the next level.
Sean had nine fights in total so far and the invitations keep coming. Whenever there’s a Muay Thai event, the organizers reach out to the gyms to look for fighters in a specific weight category. One time Sean had to lose 25 pounds in 4 weeks to meet the weight goal and get into a specific category. When Sean is getting ready for a fight, training and nutrition become a priority for him.
His current gym, Angry Monkey MMA, was founded by Justin Etheridge, a friend who Sean has been training with for many years. Sean became one of the first members of the new gym when it just opened. Later, he joined Angry Monkey not only as a fighter but also as a trainer and he is now one of the owners too. His next fight is scheduled for April 13, 2019. Come cheer for him!