Self­less fighter pre­vails

Joondalup Times - - SPORT -

A JOON­DALUP-based mar­tial arts in­struc­tor has tested his might in the box­ing ring, com­ing away with his first pro­fes­sional win last month.

Bal­la­jura’s Michael ‘Bul­let’ Ka­plan, a coach at ATI Mar­tial Arts, fought at Thun­der­dome 21 at Metro City on July 14, beat­ing his in­ter­na­tional op­po­nent, Ade Rach­man Ortega from In­done­sia.

It was a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion with all three judges scor­ing the fight 40-34.

ATI di­rec­tor Rocco Capolin­gua said Ka­plan had been pre­par­ing for the fight for the past three months.

“Com­ing from a taek­wondo back­ground, win­ning a box­ing bout is a big deal, so win­ning a pro­fes­sional box­ing bout is a great achieve­ment and tes­ta­ment to his train­ing and men­tal tough­ness,” he said.

Fol­low­ing the fight, Ka­plan said he would do­nate his $1000 prize money to Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal.

“I fought four rounds to win; some of these kids fight their whole life to win,” he said.

Capolin­gua said Ka­plan taught kids from as young as three so “help­ing chil­dren is in his na­ture”.

“A qual­i­fied pri­mary school teacher, open world taek­wondo cham­pion and now 0-1 box­ing cham­pion, Michael be­lieves that his true win is help­ing oth­ers less for­tu­nate than him and the chil­dren he teaches,” he said,

“Do­nat­ing prof­its from his fight purse to PMH is an­other ex­am­ple of his mod­est and re­spect­ful na­ture, ex­actly what ATI Mar­tial Arts de­velop in each stu­dent.”

Michael Ka­plan was too strong for Ade Rach­man Ortega.

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