Gladstone Muay Thai competitor Troy Bennett (left) with kru Rob McIntyre.
Gladstone Muay Thai competitor Troy Bennett (left) with kru Rob McIntyre.

Power kicking promised at fight night

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

EXPECT a great show when local boy Troy Bennett competes in the 'No Guts, No Glory' Muay Thai Fight Night at the Gladstone PCYC next month.

The 18-year-old can't wait to put on a show in front of his home crowd when he takes on Tim Rowe from Bundaberg.

'It is going to be fantastic, I am counting down the days and pumped at the chance to fight at home,' Bennett said.

'The Gladstone crowds are great and it lifts you when you're in the ring.'

I can tell you from close range that Rowe is going to do it tough, judging by the power Bennett generates with his kicks.

That power is gained after long hours of training under Bennett's 'Kru' or its English derivation, trainer Rob McIntyre.

'I train three hours a day, five days a week which is a mix of cross training work (sprints and running) in the mornings and conditioning at night,' Bennett said.

'You have to be disciplined if you want to succeed and get used to the impact of Muay Thai.'

A former soccer player when he was younger, Bennett has a real passion for the sport he only started three years ago.

In fact, Bennett will harness that passion when he heads to Thailand at the end of this year to learn more about Muay Thai.

'Thailand is the home of Muay Thai and I can't wait to go over there to see and learn more about the sport,' he said.

McIntyre believes his charge has a bright future and has a number of weapons that will thrill the home crowd.

'Troy is a big kicker and has a long reach, he can generate lots of power and is sure to be a big fan favourite,'' McIntyre said.

There are still tickets available for the July 16 fight night. Phone Rob McIntyre on 0439 739 619.



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