Whit­sun­day fight­ers get big crowd

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

BOX­ING/MMA: It might not have been the orig­i­nal plan, but it was still a stacked fight night with a big crowd at Ju­bilee Tav­ern on Satur­day.

Fea­tur­ing 10 fights on the night and a host of lo­cal Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts fight­ers, it was an ac­tion-packed evening.

Many Whit­sun­day fight­ers made their de­but on the night, in­clud­ing Trent El­son, Gavin Steele, Bec Weall, Josh Clark, Trev Ritchie and Tony Mul­li­gan.

They were joined by the ex­pe­ri­ence of Shaun Hughes, Blair Frew, Jake Al­gie and main event fighter Dan McCormack.

Both on de­but and rep­re­sent­ing WMA, Gavin Steele and Trent El­son had the crowd right be­hind them, punching their hearts out in their 89kg box­ing bout.

On de­but, Tony Mul­li­gan got the crowd on their feet in a bru­tal 77kg muay thai bat­tle against Townsville’s Joseph Ga­biloa.

Blair Frew, Jake Al­gie and Trev Ritchie had their hands raised.

But per­haps the show stop­per was Whit­sun­day’s own Bec Weall, who dom­i­nated her hy­brid, kick­box­ing/MMA/grap­pling bout in the only fe­male fight on the night against Ni­cole Far­relly in her de­but.

“It was un­real. I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter re­sult,” she said.

“I ac­tu­ally had my orig­i­nal op­po­nent pull out three days be­fore the fight but Ni­cole’s amazing to take the fight on three days’ no­tice. It was like hav­ing the rug ripped out from un­der me when the orig­i­nal fighter pulled out af­ter go­ing through so much training.”

It wasn’t a bad de­but for a per­son who’d never of­fi­cially stepped in the ring be­fore.

“I started training at WMA about a year-and-ahalf ago do­ing fit­ness in the morn­ings. When the fight night op­por­tu­nity came up, I just jumped at it,” she said.

“I’m hoping to get put on an­other MMA card as soon as pos­si­ble.”

To cap the night off, it was a lo­cal gun who fired as Dan McCormack took his record to 9-1 af­ter dom­i­nat­ing Townsville’s Lach­lan O’Shea in a de­ci­sion win.

“It was a solid three rounds of two very technical fight­ers try­ing to find holes and gaps in each other’s games,” Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Art’s An­ton Zafir said.

“Dan was able to do a bet­ter job and was able to push the pace the full six min­utes,” Zafir said.

The WMA trainer said he was happy with the results.

“I was very happy with what Dan Zealand and I pulled to­gether. It was a great show­ing from us and from the com­mu­nity,” he said.

PHOTO: TROY BANNISTER

FIGHT NIGHT: Whit­sun­day's Tony Mul­li­gan (right) got the crowd on their feet in a bru­tal muay thai bat­tle against Townsville’s Joseph Ga­biloa.

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