King of The Ring a Hornsby PCYC
Luke “T-bone” Thompson entered the Boxing NSW annual King of the Ring tournament which sees some of the best amateur boxers from mainly NSW and ACT, come together to compete in a tournament over a 2-3 day span dependent of how many people are in your weight division. Luke is one of the top prospects in NSW having recently made it into the NSW team, he was eager to get a few more bouts in before he heads off to Melbourne at the end of June for Boxing Australia Nationals, where he can contend of a spot on the national team. Luke fought on the first day against a tough fella from Cabramatta PCYC, T-bone got to showcase a wide variety of skills and took home the points win and a spot in the semi finals the next day. On the Sunday, Luke was matched agains Regarn Simbwa, a former Ugandan commonwealth games representative now training in Wagga with Barefoot boxing club. This was a tightly contested match, with Luke working his way to the mid range and finding a home for his rear straight and lead hooks, while Regarn tried to maintain the distance and threw tight combos. After the final bell was sounded, the judges gave Regarn the Splits points win. Luke gained a lot of experience in this fight as he has only had 14 amateur boxing fights and if he can push a former commonwealth games competitor with far more experience to the limits physically and skill wise he looks to have a bright future and hopefully we’ll see him represent Australia in the not too distant future.
Kaos Muaythai in Canberra
June 1st saw the Double dragon fight team make an appearance in ACT on a new Muaythai show that recently just popped called Kaos Muaythai. We had coach Assistant Kai Weate-Jones making his debut amateur fight and our Pro fighter Hugh “The Fire from the Shire” O’Donnell matched and ready to go. Kai was the 2nd fight of the night and was up against a fairly experienced opponent in Josh from Muay U, both the boys showed a great class of techniques and composure for 17 year olds with Josh hammering lows kicks and straight lefts, with Kai having great success in the clinch and his middle kicks. The judges in the end saw it a points win for Josh, however the fight was supremely close and was still a greats success for Kai in showing he has a grand career ahead of them if he keeps improving the way he is. Coach Hugh was the 2nd fight on the main card and was up against a Scott from High Impact in Orange, this was a 5x3mins affair that went the distance. Hugh executed a great plan of spoiling Scott’s advances and power with a precision kick game and also had chance to let his hand game come out again, Hugh got the unanimous points wins from the judges. Kaos ran a great show and we hope to be back on there again in the future