Bullet donates to hospital
BALLAJURA boxer Michael ‘Bullet’ Kaplan was celebrating his first professional fight win last month.
The ATI Martial Arts Joondalup instructor fought at Thunderdome 21 at Metro City, beating his international opponent, Ade Rachman Ortega from Indonesia.
It was an 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 years so “helping children is in his nature”.
“A qualified primary school teacher, open world taekwondo champion and now boxing champion, Michael believes that his true win is helping others less fortunate than him and the Above: Michael ‘Bullet’ Kaplan was too strong for Ade Rachman Ortega from Indonesia. Inset: Ortega and Kaplan.
children he teaches,” he said,
“So 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 they develop.”