Fight lost but kudos gained

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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.

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