Muay Thai fighter defends his title at Aussie World
AFTER many decades, Muay Thai has made its way back to The Shed at Aussie World.
In the 90s, Aussie World regularly hosted the events which used to attract thousands of attendees.
Muay Thai trainer Joe Hilton has mentored some of the toughest fighters to come out of the Coast since 1994 and said he was pleased to see the venue making a comeback.
“500-600 people came along to the first event,” he said.
“In the early days in the 90s we used to get more than 1000 people out there.
“It will happen here four times a year now.”
The event, which is formally known as Coastal Warefare 12, featured fighters such as champion fighter Billy Coulter.
Coulter defended his welterweight title over five rounds, coming home again with the win.
Coulter said by winning this competition, it will take him forward with his career meaning he will now go pro.
“I’ve always had goals set. I've just done one thing at a time,” he said.
He loves the sport being back at Aussie World.
“Bringing Muay Thai back to The Shed will definitely bring a lot of people to the pub again,” he said.
“Hopefully the sport can grow a bit more again on the Coast.”
A few months ago, Coulter also travelled overseas to Belarus as part of Team Australia.
“Belarus was just a stepping stone for me,” he said.
Unfortunately Billy left Belarus without the results he hoped for, but said the experience was an important one for him as an athlete.
“I was fighting people who've had over 100 fights,” he said.
❝In the 90s we used to get more than 1000 people out there.
PUMPED UP: Muay Thai national champion Billy Coulter in one of his training sessions.