Three fighters from Warpath Martial Arts Gym in Picton are gearing up to take on strong competition during a fight night this month.
Muay Thai fighters Joey Elhazouri, Jordie Bargallie and Krispin Moutia are training twice a day, six times a week to be in their best shape for the Fire in the Shire fight.
The competitors will fight at Cronulla Leagues Club on Saturday, February 17.
Bargallie, who is the holder of the Martial Arts Sports Association Australian title, will fight it out for the Muay Thai Australia Junior Welterweight State title belt.
Gym founder Catherine Rigg said the men were excited for the challenge.
“The fights will be a different experience for the men,” she said.
“The competition will have traditional Thai rules which will make the fight more challenging.”
Mrs Rigg said Bargallie had fought his opponent in the past.
“Bargallie has competed in 20 fights with 16 wins and only 4 losses, so it should be a great show,” she said.
“He has been training hard so he can win, including on the hot days in an non air-conditioned gym.
“They have a friendly rivalry but I am sure they will bring the fire on the night.”
Mrs Rigg encouraged locals to head to Cronulla to support the young fighters.
“Muay Thai is not about beating the opponent up,” she said.
“The fighters learn skills, become fit and exercise.
“Come along and support the local guys and if anyone is interested in Muay Thai then they can join the gym.”
For tickets, visit: www.ticketebo.com.au/fire-in-the-shire/fire-in-the-shire.html
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