Muay Thai fight night a success at Showgrounds

AFTER a successful first show in Ipswich, Ruthless Muay Thai Fight Series promoter Glenn Heart has promised more fights are on the cards.

More than 300 spectators filled the Ipswich Showgrounds to watch the first full Muay Thai fight night hosted by the Heart-Out Muay Thai Ipswich gym.

Partnered with organiser Nick Trask, Heart said the night was a great test for the future.

"It was a really good night and all the feedback I've gotten has been really positive," Heart said. "We sold more than 200 tickets during the pre-sale which was great. What was most exciting was that most of the people who turned up on the night were new faces we hadn't seen before."

In the main draw, Brisbane fighter Lachlan Dunn defeated Corey Hurrin to be named Champion of the Ruthless Fight Series.

Ipswich's 13-year-old Quinn Gilbert was defeated in the semi-main fight against Braiden Holmes, ending a run of victories for the young fighter.

Despite being the supporting act of the main fight, the contest between Quinn and Braiden was awarded 'fight of the night' for a fantastic show of ability by both fighters.

With a number of junior competitors on the cards, Heart said the decision to make the event alcohol-free had been a big drawcard.

"There's usually a lot of alcohol at these kinds of events," he said. "But that usually means families miss out because they don't want their kids competing in that environment. It all went very smoothly and there were no injury concerns."

Late withdrawals cancelled the three women's fights scheduled for the night but Heart was impressed with how evenly matched all the fights were that did go ahead.

"Nick Trask did a great job of matching the fighters up," he said. "You've got to keep safety in mind and make sure you are matching fighters in ability.

"You want fighters holding their own and producing entertaining fights."

After a great result from their first show, Heart said he would be aiming to hold a similar event every six months.

"We want to keep the prestige of the show," he said. "We might even change the weight class of the main belt or even make it a women's fight if we can get that together."

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