Bat­tle of arm-wrestlers

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

Port Kennedy pro­moter Matt Mey­er­hoff be­lieves he has the next niche sport set to ex­plode on his hands.

Most peo­ple might not think of arm-wrestling as an elite sport­ing spec­ta­cle, but Mr Mey­er­hoff and Aus­tralian cham­pion Ryan “Milk­man” Scott are keen to change per­cep­tions when they show off “the next MMA” at the WA Ar­mWrestling Cham­pi­onships in Bal­divis on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

“We want to turn ar­mwrestling into a spec­ta­cle, get the crowd in­volved and get some well-known names in­volved,” Mr Mey­er­hoff said.

“We held an event at Port Kennedy RSL last year and we’re hop­ing for more to turn up this year.

“We had flirted with hold­ing this event at Crown, there was some in­ter­est. Per­haps that’s the next step.”

Mr Mey­er­hoff said ar­mwrestling was “more ex­cit­ing” than box­ing and likened it to UFC as he felt it was set to “take over the world”.

“Fans get to stand up at the stage and get to be more in­volved,” he said.

“It will build to the level of UFC. We want to take on the world — take it to the next level. There’s a fair bit of in­ter­est. It’s mas­sive in Amer­ica; it used to be tele­vised on ESPN, which is how I first came across it.”

Scott, who fin­ished sev­enth at the World Ar­mwrestling League Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas as Ocea­nia cham­pion last year, will head­line the Oc­to­ber 20 event and said arm-wrestling was a fun sport, es­pe­cially at am­a­teur level. The WA Ar­mWrestling Cham­pi­onships are be­ing held at Bal­divis Recre­ation Cen­tre, Eighty Road, from 6.30pm. Reg­is­tra­tions to com­pete are open un­til 5pm on Oc­to­ber 20. Visit white knuck­lepro­mo­tions.com for more or tick­ets.

White Knuckle Pro­mo­tions' Matt Mey­er­hoff and Aus­tralian arm-wrestling cham­pion Ryan Scott.

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