BELT UP: Mauy Thai fighters Jake Lund, David Reynolds, Quinn Gilbert, Tristan McManus, coach Nick Trask and promoter Glenn Heart.
BELT UP: Mauy Thai fighters Jake Lund, David Reynolds, Quinn Gilbert, Tristan McManus, coach Nick Trask and promoter Glenn Heart. Inga Williams

Ruthless fighters ready for the big show

HEARTS will be in throats when the best Muay Thai fighters from Ipswich take to the ring tomorrow night at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

Organised by Glenn Heart and Nick Trask from North Ipswich’s Heart-Out Muay Thai gym, the event is expected to attract a crowd of more than 500 spectators.

With fighters from Brisbane and the Gold Coast competing against a strong contingent of Ipswich talent, Rumble Corp organiser Heart said the unique style of Muay Thai fighting will be sure to entertain the masses.

“It’s the most comprehensive type of stand up fighting style,” he said.

“There’s a lot of gyms from the Gold Coast coming up to compete which is good.

“It will be pretty much all the major gyms for the area so there should be some of the best trainers in Australia bringing their fighters along.”

One of the main card fights will be the charity exhibition bout between Ipswich’s Jake Lund against fellow world champion Liam Badger.

A total of 10 fights on the night will feature four fighters from Heart-Out Muay Thai, with young guns Tristan McManus, David Reynolds and Quinn Gilbert all preparing to enter the ring.

Having joined the Ipswich gym when it opened two and a half years ago, 13-year-old Quinn has already proved a real talent.

“He’s got a natural elbow,” coach Nick Trask said. “Quinn has had seven fights and won five of them so far but the last two had to be stopped because his opponent couldn’t handle his pace.

“It’s pretty exciting to have someone so young and dedicated at the gym.”

With around 80 members attending classes throughout the week, Trask said he was looking forward to seeing how the “Ruthless Muay Thai Fight Series” was received by spectators.

“We’ve got a huge member base now which is amazing,” he said.

“Everyone is so keen to compete as well, there’s not a lot of shows in Ipswich for it so hopefully it will give everyone a good taste of Muay Thai fighting.

“We’ve done a small charity show but this will be our first sanctioned show.”

With plenty of juniors getting involved and a growing interest in the sport in Ipswich, Glenn Heart said the charity round was a good way to give back to the community.

“I has become a really family orientated sport so most shows try and give back to the community,” he said. “It’s good to promote the sportsmanship and these events are especially special because you have that element of respect between competitors.

“You’ll see people have a real war in the ring and come back and hang out with each other afterwards.”

Tickets are still on sale.

Doors open from 5pm tomorrow.

Ben Wilmott



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