Macks lights up for Muay Thai re-match

GLADSTONE Muay Thai fighter Leonie Macks is busy training the house down as she prepares for next month's re-match against Sunshine Coast competitor Emma McGuire in Rockhampton.

Macks produced a great display to draw with McGuire when the two last met in a tough, physical match-up on the Sunshine Coast back on September 3.

This eagerly-anticipated clash is going to be a cracker and Macks is sure to benefit from having the bout closer to home.

Macks' punching power proved to be her biggest asset in their last match-up and she is sure to prove tough to stop this time.

But it won't be easy against McGuire, the sister of Brisbane Broncos player Casey, who has a wealth of experience and an array of hard-hitting leg kicks in her armoury.

Macks' trainer Rob McIntyre is looking forward to the re-match and believes his protege is going to be well-prepared.

'Leonie is really working very hard at training at the moment, we have been starting every morning at 5.30am until the finish at 9.30am,' McIntyre said.

"Our focus for this bout has been on eliminating Emma's leg kicks and countering with some big shots of our own. '' A major focus of Macks' long preparation has been a number of strenuous sparring sessions against leading Australian fighter Shari Ranger.

McIntyre has been pleased with his protege's build-up and believes the sessions with the experienced Ranger have been valuable for Macks.

"The sparring sessions with Shari have been great for Leonie, because Shari is a top world-class fighter.

'It has helped Leonie gain not only experience, but a bucketful of confidence as well.'

The much-anticipated bout is being held on October 22 at the Great Western Hotel Arena in Rockhampton.

Anyone interested in buying tickets for the exciting fight night which will also include Ranger's WMC Intercontinental Muay Thai title bout against a Thai opponent can phone 0402 205 608.

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