Leonie tastes glory
T WAS a great evening to be a local on Saturday night, with all four Gladstone fighters winning their bouts at the No Guts, No Glory Muay Thai fight night.
The sizeable crowd which packed into the Gladstone PCYC was certainly impressed as Leonie Macks, Nathan Dau, Troy Bennett and Nathan Irving won in style.
Bennett led the charge, picking up his first career victory over Yeppoon's David Carling.
Lifted by the great support of his home crowd, Bennett hurt Carling with his powerful kicks and accurate punches to win by a unanimous points decision.
"It was unbelievable out there, the crowd were fantastic and I was pumped to win,'' Bennett said.
"I trained hard for the fight and when I felt my foot going into his ribs it lifted me.''
Dau followed his Gladstone Mart mial Arts Academy team-mate, winning a physical battle on points against Yeppoon's Luke Small.
Both fighters had a genuine crack in what was one of the best fights of the night.
A number of devastating punches and kicks were flying left, right and centre, as both fighters took their fair share of punishment.
But it was 17-year-old Dau who claimed his second win from three career fights when the final bell rang. "To win is awesome, it was really tough out there for both of us,'' Dau said.
"I trained for 12 weeks and it paid off alright. Macks illustrated her great sporting versatility, crushing Brisbane opponent Bridget Woods by TKO.
With her dad Geoff and brother Brian up from Sydney and in the crowd, Macks unleashed a systematic destruction of Woods.