No guts, no glory in Muay Thai
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ACTION fans will be rocked when the "No Guts, No Glory'' Muay Thai fight night hits the Gladstone PCYC next month. Mark Saturday, July 16 on your calendar if you want to catch a great night of entertainment.
Last year's event, held at the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Gym, was a resounding success and promoter Rob McIntyre cannot wait for the action to begin.
'It should be a great night, last year was sensational and I think the crowd enjoyed themselves,' McIntyre said.
Six local fighters are pencilled in to fly the Gladstone flag against an assortment of elite visiting competitors.
McIntyre, who is also the head trainer of the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy, is confident his fighters are ready for action against the best Queensland has to offer.
'We have fighters coming from as far away as Brisbane, Mackay, Cooktown, the Sunshine Coast and across Central Queensland so the standard of fights will be very high,' he said.
'I believe our fighters can and will be able to match it with the best around Queensland,' he said.
The best of the local hopes are Leonie Macks, who mixes her Port City Power commitments with Muay Thai; Nathan "Noddy'' Irving and 17-year-olds Nathan Dau and Troy Bennett.
McIntyre believes all four will respond to competing in front of a proud and passionate home crowd.
'Muay Thai is a great sport to watch, especially with most fights being full contact and also the Queensland title fight headlining the night,' McIntyre said.
The show will also feature many female bouts as well as martial arts demonstrations in what is going to be a great night.
If you want to buy a ticket for $20 or a 10-man ringside table for $1000 (includes all food and drinks), visit the Gladstone Martial Arts Academy, Tank Street.