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AIR­LIE Fight Night IV promised a night to re­mem­ber and de­liv­ered in style through 12 ac­tion-packed du­els.

More than 1000 peo­ple took to the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Satur­day night to see fighters from Townsville, Mackay, Mount Isa, Bris­bane and the Whit­sun­days step into the ring.

Mackay’s Keohu Smith claimed the co-main event with a Tech­ni­cal Knock­out victory over Mount Isa’s Mitch God­frey.

God­frey dom­i­nated the first two rounds how­ever Keohu’s per­sis­tent leg at­tacks even­tu­ally paid off, felling God­frey be­fore pounc­ing in the third round.

Townsville’s Jonathon Bur­goyne also won his match-up, down­ing Mackay MMA mem­ber Tahiwi Sel­lars in their boxing bout.

Rhino MMA’s Hay­den Buck­man took the points in his kick-boxing fight against WMA’s Blake Berry while fel­low lo­cal Matt Thurtell also went down, suc­cumb­ing to Mackay’s Ben Ed­mon­stone.

The only fe­male fight of the night saw Mackay’s Amanda Dick win over lo­cal hope Lau­ren Candy in what was a highly en­ter­tain­ing duel.

Both fighters came out fir­ing, with plenty of punches thrown in an of­fen­sive-minded battle.

Lau­ren’s Fight Night Ex­pe­ri­ence team-mate Ben Parry took on Zac Wil­liams but it was the lat­ter who won on unan­i­mous points.

Although he didn’t get the re­sult he was af­ter, Parry, who lost 38kg dur­ing the chal­lenge, cred­ited the Fight Night Ex­pe­ri­ence for “chang­ing his life” and vowed to con­tinue train­ing in the hope of fur­ther­ing his boxing am­bi­tion. The first fight of the night went to Brett Dwyer, who de­feated his fel­low WMA mem­ber Steve Thurtell on knock­out.

GIRL POWER: Mackay's Amanda Dick and WMA's Lau­ren Candy en­ter­tain a strong crowd at Air­lie Fight Night IV in their at­tack­ing boxing bout. Photo: Keagan Ryan

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