Frew breaks through car­nage

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BLAIR Frew lit­er­ally had the wind kicked out of his sails on Satur­day night but that didn’t stop him record­ing a mem­o­rable come-from-be­hind victory at Mackay’s Car­nage in the Cage.

It was third time lucky for the 32-year-old, who had a 0-2 Mixed Mar­tial Arts (MMA) record be­fore the week­end’s break­through re­sult.

Frew, who works at Ca­pers, won via unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against Mackay’s Chris Rower, but the match was any­thing but straight­for­ward.

“It was a tough fight. I got hurt in the first round when he kicked me in the body and took the wind out of me but I fought through the round,” he said.

“I came back in the sec­ond and won and in the last round. I took it to the ground and stayed on top and landed a lot of good punches.”

Af­ter two failed at­tempts, Frew said it was sheer re­lief when the ref­eree de­clared him vic­to­ri­ous on Satur­day night. “It was much-needed... I’m over the moon it with,” he said.

“One of the first thoughts that went through my head was ev­ery last bit of sweat was worth it. It was def­i­nitely the fit­ness that won the fight for me, which is how we are at WMA. It’s tough train­ing and car­dio is one of our strong points.”

Frew has been with WMA for two years but has al­ways had a pas­sion for phys­i­cal sports.

“My dad was a boxer and I loved com­bat sports from a young age,” he said.

“It [MMA] is one of the most men­tally and phys­i­cally chal­leng­ing things I’ve done in my life.”

Frew says he plans to fight again in the fu­ture but doesn’t have any­thing for­mal yet.

TASTE OF SUC­CESS: Blair Frew takes a bite of victory af­ter his win in Car­nage in the Cage on Satur­day night.

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