Pair claim Thai victories
Two Albany fighters have taken their skills to Thailand, competing in front of hundreds of Thai fans and scoring convincing victories.
Muay Thai — a form of boxing that allows punching, kicking and knee and elbow strikes — is the Thai national sport.
The fights, in Chiang Mai’s biggest stadium, were broadcast on local television.
The two fighters were from Albany’s Lovett Muay Thai club.
Toby Waletzko competed at the 70kg super-welterweight division.
The 19-year-old was matched against another first-time Thai fighter and came out strongly, landing long-range punches and kicks and scoring with head-high kicks and a knee.
Waletzko was always the aggressor and for much of the brief fight seemed unanswerable. The young Albany talent knocked his opponent down with crisp boxing combinations before finishing the fight with a left hook, winning by technical knock-out in the first round.
Aimee Lenz faced a much tougher opponent in the 50kg featherweight division.
Fighters are meant to be matched by weight and experience, but moments before the fight it emerged that Lenz's taller and more strongly built opponent was a 14-match veteran.
The 31-year-old was challenged from the first bell by her opponent's balanced boxing and punishing long-range kicks. At the end of the first round it looked dire.
But Lenz’s composure, superior fitness and ability to get in close neutralised the taller woman’s reach advantage.
A powerful right-knee lefthook combination forced her opponent’s surrender in the second round, making Lovett Muay Thai two from two against some of the toughest competition in the world.
Waletzko and Lenz both train under former Australian champion and international gold medal winner Rob Lovett.
Toby Waletzko with trainer Rob Lovett after his successful bout in Chiang Mai.
Toby Waletzko moves in.