Lo­cals take on 12-week Fight Night chal­lenge

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

FIGHT NIGHT

THE third in­stal­ment of the Air­lie Beach Fight Night is un­der­way, with three new fighters step­ping up to take on the epic 12-week chal­lenge.

Cannonvale res­i­dent Scott Dwyer will be box­ing on the night and cut­ting down to com­pete in 77kg weight di­vi­sion.

It will be the 43-year-old’s first time in the ring, which is an ex­pe­ri­ence he said he wanted to achieve “be­fore age catches up with me”.

Matt Sehl re­lo­cated from Bris­bane to the Whit­sun­days three months and was told about the 12-week chal­lenge by Mixed Mar­tial Arts (MMA) fighter Kane Hober.

The 26-year-old trades­man im­me­di­ately signed up for the chal­lenge and will be fight­ing in an MMA bout at 84kg.

“I’m pretty tired and sore at the mo­ment but I’m fol­low­ing the rou­tine closely and can’t wait to step into the ring in an­other nine weeks,” he said.

The fi­nal fighter to round out the three is 18-year-old main­te­nance worker Dy­lan Grundy who will be weigh­ing in at 70kg for his MMA fight.

He has been liv­ing in the Whit­sun­days for the past two years and wanted to get in­volved in all the ac­tion af- ter watch­ing the last Air­lie Fight Night on Novem­ber.

“The tran­for­ma­tion of fighters in the last 12-week chal­lenge was in­sane and it’s re­ally help­ful train­ing with guys who have al­ready stepped into the ring,” he said.

“I can’t wait to ex­pe­ri­ence it for my­self.”

Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts coach Dan Zealand said all 12-week chal­lenge con­tes­tants were train­ing five nights per week in strength and con­di­tion­ing and ba­sic skills train­ing with a hard spar­ring ses­sion ev­ery Satur­day.

“We have re­ally thrown them into the deep end and they aren’t shy­ing away from it so I’m ex­cited to see what 12-weeks will bring out of them,” he said.

This time around there will be 12 epic bouts of MMA and box­ing but Zealand said in­ter­est was grow­ing so that num­ber could in­crease.

In the main card event, Zealand will take on a fierce com­peti­tor from Rock­hamp­ton in what is ex­pected to be an in­tense, jaw-drop­ping bout of MMA.

The co-main event is yet to be an­nounced.

Air­lie Fight Night will be held at the Whit­sun­day PCYC on Satur­day, May 24.

NEW FIGHTERS: Whit­sun­day res­i­dents Scott Dwyer, Matt Sehl and Dy­lan Grundy have all signed up for the 12-week chal­lenge for the third in­stal­ment of Air­lie Fight Night on May 24.

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