Cage fight ti­tle looms

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

He is pos­si­bly the youngest per­son to ever vie for a national cage fight­ing ti­tle in New Zealand.

Syn­dikit MMA cage fighter An­ton Milnes, 16, will com­pete for the New Zealand Supremacy Cage Fight­ing ti­tle in Jan­uary in Christchurch.

Head coach Maka Kea said: ‘‘ He’s the num­ber one con­tender in New Zealand right now in his weight class, light weight.’’

His op­po­nent in Jan­uary has held the ti­tle for the past three years.

An­ton’s train­ing rou­tines are rig­or­ous, of­ten up to twice a day and six times a week.

Maka said An­ton is near the peak of his fit­ness.

‘‘( He’s) prob­a­bly one of the youngest in the world to con­tend for a cage fight­ing ti­tle.

‘‘To come across a kid like him is one in a mil­lion.’’

Maka said An­ton’s work rate, hum­ble­ness and ded­i­ca­tion set him apart from other fight­ers.

‘‘You wouldn’t ex­pect to find that kind of fo­cus from a 16 year old.’’

Ear­lier this year An­ton won his fight at Supremacy Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship 8: Triple Threat, beat­ing a 30-year-old per­sonal trainer.

ON THE CHARGE: Toko­roa cage fighter An­ton Milnes is train­ing for a national cage fight­ing ti­tle.

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