By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE Muay Thai fighter Leonie Macks is fighting for a winning send-off when she meets Emma McGuire in Rockhampton on Saturday night.
The bout will draw the curtain on Macks' career in the harbour city as she relocates to Sydney next week.
Macks' departure has added spice to what already shapes as a interesting match-up after the two fighters drew on the Sunshine Coast back in September.
For most people, the emotion of leaving town would prove to be a distraction, but for Macks it has helped her focus more on this bout.
'Even though I am leaving, my focus has always been on the fight coming up,' Macks said.
'I am a little bit nervous, but have been putting in the training and want to perform as well as I can.'
Macks goes into the bout with plenty of confidence and would love nothing better than finishing her time under the guidance of Gladstone Martial Arts Academy Instructor Rob McIntyre with a win.
'Rob and Zoe (McIntyre's wife) have been great supporters of mine, to win on Saturday night would be a great way to repay that support,' she said.
But it won't be easy against McGuire, the brother of Brisbane Broncos star Casey who according to Macks has a number of big weapons in her armour.
'Emma is a strong fighter, her speed and combinations are hard to stop and her strength lies in her kicks.
'I know it is going to be tough, but if I can be at my best and be able to assert myself, I can win,' she said.
Instructor McIntyre is awaiting a top fight and has nothing but supreme confidence that his charge can score her third career win in four bouts.
'This fight is going to be a cracker, Emma is a top fighter from a good gym, but I know that Leonie has the goods to beat her,' McIntyre said.
Another interested observer will be Macks's dad Brian who is her biggest fan.
Like McIntyre he is confident his daughter will sign-off from Central Queensland with a win.
The fight is being held over three two minute rounds at the Great Western Hotel.