Duo focus for fight on TV
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.