Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

ANY fight fan knows that if you want to learn muay thai, you go straight to the source.

Tony Mulligan orig­i­nally went to Ko Tao, Thai­land, for a com­pletely dif­fer­ent rea­son.

“I went there to dive orig­i­nally but I started train­ing muay thai and stopped div­ing,” he said.

“They are tough lit­tle bug­gers in Thai­land. It was awe­some. Ev­ery day was just flat out. You base your whole day around train­ing. Train in the morn­ing, train in the af­ter­noon, not work­ing, just fo­cus­ing on train­ing. I fell in love with it.”

Train­ing since Septem­ber at Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts, Mulligan said the time to fight was now.

“I got over pro­cras­ti­nat­ing. I’ve been

■ NAME: Tony Mulligan

■ FROM: Air­lie Beach

■ AGE: 29

■ HEIGHT: 184cm

■ WEIGHT: 79kg

■ CLASS: Muay thai

talk­ing about do­ing it since I started a year and a half ago,” he said.

“The last Air­lie Fight Night I was ac­tu­ally over in Thai­land train­ing so I missed out last time and this time I thought there was no way I was miss­ing it.

“I al­ways wish I could have done boxing as a kid but mum wouldn’t have it. Bet­ter late than never I thought. Why not?

“I thought I would be more ner­vous than I am, but I’m ready to go.”

PRE­PARED: Tony Mulligan swapped div­ing for muay thai.

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