Kaelee’s kick at ti­tle

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - SPORT -

A CON­FI­DENT Kaelee Mal­lard says she is primed for her first shot at a na­tional Muay Thai belt this week­end, declar­ing “the ti­tle is mine”.

The Swan View teenager will at­tempt to claim the Aus­tralian fly­weight ti­tle from the cur­rent cham­pion, South Aus­tralian Rachel Ka­vanagh, when they fight on Satur­day at Craigie Leisure Cen­tre.

“I just want to use my push kicks and punch her in the face as much as I can,” Mal­lard said.

“I feel ex­cited. I feel con­fi­dent be­cause I’m feel­ing fit and ready.”

Mal­lard has a record of 9-4, with one knock­out.

Mal­lard trains out of the Kala­munda Kick­box­ing and Mar­tial Arts (KKB) dojo, where her coach is five-time world cham­pion Bruce “Preacher” Mac­fie.

Mac­fie, who fought more than 160 pro­fes­sional fights in an out­stand­ing ca­reer, said his charge was ready to “do some dam­age adult”.

“She’s been fight­ing as a ju­nior, so now she’s com­ing up against more sea­soned women, but I think she’s ready,” he said.

“She’s young and she’s fit. She can do ev­ery­thing I’ve taught her. She’s picked up things very eas­ily.”

Mal­lard’s men­tor Mur­ray McKech­nie se­cured her the ti­tle fight op­por­tu­nity.

“She is an amaz­ing young lady and a role model not only for young In­dige­nous girls but teens in gen­eral,” the KKB dojo owner said.

Af­ter a dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing in Carnar­von, Mal­lard moved to Perth and ded­i­cated her­self to mar­tial arts at Kala­munda Kick­box­ing and Mar­tial Arts af­ter her older brother, Karell, died two weeks be­fore his 18th birth­day.

She is now 18 her­self and will say a prayer to her brother as part of her pre-fight rit­ual on Satur­day night. as an

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Fight of her life: Kaelee Mal­lard brings some tough ex­pe­ri­ences of her own into her per­for­mances.

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