Fight lost but kudos gained
Their impressive results just keep coming.
Syndikit Gym fighters fought in The Cage in Whakatane on the weekend and certainly left their mark.
Fighters Yukon Kemp and Anton Milnes’ opponents withdrew before their fights, and Max Toka lost his fight based on points despite commanding the first two rounds. However, it was Andrew Mangi’s bout that attracted all of the attention.
Andrew fought an American professional fighter and lost by one point, the fight was labelled the best on the night.
Head coach Maka Kea said Andrew fought an opponent who represents one of the gymnasiums in Las Vegas.
‘‘Andrew was just dominating him from the get go, from the start to the end. (He) lost to the judges but (was) a winner to the crowd,’’ he said.
Andrew fought at 80.5 kilograms, while his American opponent tipped the scales at 93
best kilograms. ‘‘It was the best fight I ( have) seen in a long time. Andrew was dominating the stand up and ground. It was a three rounds of war with full elbows and all.’’
Maka said Andrew had been asked to train with UFC, while Syndikit Gym was now ranked second in New Zealand.
EVERYTHING THEY’VE GOT: Syndikit MMA cage fighters Andrew Mangi, Yukon Kemp, Anton Milnes and Max Toka headed to The Cage 2 in Whakatane.