Zafir wins two bat­tles on night

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AN­TON Zafir fought two bat­tles at Air­lie Fight Night IV – the sec­ond was a muay Thai bout with Jamie Kearines, which he duly won, but the first was a men­tal battle be­fore he had even stepped in the ring.

The WMA coach had just seen his friend, Ben Kelle­her, sus­tain a hor­rific bro­ken leg dur­ing his fight but was now ex­pected to wage his own war.

“It was pretty hard to try and sep­a­rate what just hap­pened and what I was about to do,” he said.

“I went back stage to chat to other guys that are close to me and they put me in the right place to do what needed to be done. I’d lie to say if I wasn’t cau­tious about throw­ing leg kicks but once you get into the fight you just throw.

“It’s a freak ac­ci­dent and you just can’t go hav­ing that in the back of your head.”

While happy to even­tu­ally get the win and over­come his demons, it was the over­all suc­cess of the night that had Zafir and com­pany eye­ing off an­other event later in the year.

“I think be­ing out­doors was bet­ter than in­doors... I thought the event it­self was a lot more en­joy­able,” he said. “Thanks to all the com­mu­nity that got be­hind us. Thanks also to all the fighters and club that par­tic­i­pated and in par­tic­u­lar spon­sors Reef­side (Auto Elec­tri­cal) and Cruise Whit­sun­days.”

CHAM­PION: An­ton ‘The Pro­fes­sor’ Zafir (right) pro­duces a clin­i­cal per­for­mance in his muay Thai win over Jamie Kearines at Air­lie Fight Night IV.

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