BIG CROWD FOR FIGHT NIGHT

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ro­han O’Neil

ABOUT 1000 fight fans flocked to the Whit­sun­day PCYC on Satur­day night for all the adren­a­line and ex­cite­ment of Air­lie Fight Night II.

The mas­sive crowd were cer­tainly not left dis­ap­pointed as all the fight­ers gave their ab­so­lute best in 15 the ex­plo­sive box­ing and mixed mar­tial arts (MMA) bouts.

Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts (WMA) and LA En­ter­tain­ment were be­hind the event with WMApro­vid­ing fight­ers for all the bouts ex­cept one, in­clud­ing six first time fight­ers who were in­volved in the Fight Night Ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gram.

The head­line bout saw home town favourite and WMA­coach An­ton Zafir score an im­pres­sive TKO win over Tris­tan Mur­phy, much to the de­light of the fired-up crowd.

There were plenty of other high­lights on the night in­clud­ing the in­cred­i­ble 12-sec­ond knock­out win by Shane Vorstman in his first ever MMA bout, the fast hands of WMA boxer Shane Allen who dom­i­nated his op­po­nent in all three rounds and a bru­tal TKO vic­tory by Leki Tuitupou in the co-main event.

Zafir and his fel­low WMA coach Dan Zealand said it was an ab­so­lute plea­sure to bring the pub­lic those fights and thanked all the fight­ers, spon­sors and sup­port­ers that helped make the night a suc­cess.

RING SIDE: Air­lie Fight Night II ring girls Bec Shield and Lara Mit­ton with ref­eree Pete Hick­mott from Mixed Mar­tial Arts Aus­trala­sia.

DREAM DE­BUT: Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts' Shane Vorstman made short work of his op­po­nent Dean Rut­land in his MMA de­but on Satur­day night, notch­ing a tech­ni­cal knock-out vic­tory 12 sec­onds into their en­counter.

HEADS UP: An­ton Zafir, left, puts a knee into his op­po­nent Tris­tan Mur­phy dur­ing his im­pres­sive win at Air­lie Fight Night II.

BLOW FOR BLOW: Shane Allen and Josh Macken­zie trade blows in their box­ing match at Air­lie Fight Night II on Satur­day night. Allen was de­clared the win­ner on points by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

TAKE DOWN: Leki Tuitupou, on the left in red trunks took down Ge­orge Wil­son in their thrilling MMA bout at Air­lie Fight Night II on Satur­day at the Whit­sun­day PCYC.

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