Kaelee’s kick at title
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
Fight of her life: Kaelee Mallard brings some tough experiences of her own into her performances.