Duo fo­cus for fight on TV

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

Two Toko­roa teens are show­ing prom­ise in one of the tough­est of sports.

Af­ter wins at an event in Palmer­ston North, cage fight­ers An­drew Mangi and Ray Karaitiana are set to ap­pear at a tele­vised fight night.

Rep­re­sent­ing Syn­dikit MMA gym, the 19-year-olds fought in Hex­e­cu­tion, a mixed mar­tial arts ( MMA) cage fight­ing event in Palmer­ston North on Oc­to­ber 30.

An­drew won his bout by split de­ci­sion and Ray by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

The pair are coached by Maka and Ngaro Kea and train six days a week.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing was per­fect. It was awe­some, it was ev­ery­thing we had trained for,’’ Maka says.

Ray and An­drew have now been se­lected for MMA event Supremacy Seven to be tele­vised on Sky TV. Supremacy is New Zealand’s lead­ing cage fight­ing event and will be held in Auck­land on Novem­ber 27.

Maka has high hopes for his charges in the up­com­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘If they keep train­ing hard they will be out on top again. They need to keep fo­cused and have a strong mind.’’

MMA is a full-con­tact com­bat sport that al­lows a broad va­ri­ety of fight­ing tech­niques. It cov­ers all styles of full con­tact fight­ing in­clud­ing boxing, muay thai, kick boxing, wrestling and judo. The rules al­low the use of both strik­ing and grap­pling tech­niques, while stand­ing or on the ground.

The best known MMA or­gan­i­sa­tion is the Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship in North Amer­ica.

CAGE CLASH: Toko­roa cage fight­ers An­drew Mangi and Ray Karaitiana won their fights at Hex­e­cu­tion, a mixed mar­tial arts cage fight­ing event in Palmer­ston North.

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