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Muay Thai fighter de­fends his ti­tle at Aussie World

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS | WELCOME - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

PUMPED UP: Muay Thai na­tional cham­pion Billy Coul­ter in one of his train­ing ses­sions.

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