Hard fight sees kick­boxer win

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

The Gold Coast will be the per­fect place for Ra Red­den to get over the bruises.

The Porirua 21- year- old Muay Thai kick­boxer over­came the pres­sure of ex­pec­ta­tion fight­ing in front of a spir­ited home crowd to record a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion over Auck­land’s Sam Hill on Au­gust 11.

Red­den, now with a record of 11-3, says it was a tough fight against an ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nent.

‘‘He didn’t give it to me easy, it came down to the last round. It was unan­i­mous but there was a lot of back and forth, nei­ther of us was back­ing down. We left it all out there.’’

Ev­i­dence of this was plain to see days af­ter the fight, Red­den dis­play­ing deep bruis­ing and a limp.

The Red­den Fight Club, founded by Ra’s Aus­tralia-based brother and lo­cal kick­box­ing leg­end Rex, in the old Porirua Hospi­tal grounds, was packed for the event, Hon­our II, with 12 fights on the card. Ra’s brother Henare and fel­low Porirua fighter Michael Radford also recorded wins.

Hill is keen for a re­match, but Red­den says he will con­tem­plate his next move while on hol­i­day in Aus­tralia.

‘‘If other op­por­tu­ni­ties come up, maybe even in Aus­tralia, I’ll take them, but it’s a bit of wait-and-see at the mo­ment. I’m just tak­ing some time out.’’

Kick­box­ing since he was 12, Red­den says Rex’s suc­cess in the ring spurs him to achieve sim­i­lar heights in Muay Thai.

‘‘He pushes me. I miss not hav­ing him in my cor­ner all the time.’’

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