Fighters set for big bouts
BUNDABERG fighters Shane Bretag and Josh George will feature in their first competitive bouts in Hervey Bay tonight.
The pair will represent Bundaberg's Vipers Martial Arts gym in the premier Fraser Coast martial arts fixture.
Shane Bretag, 22, will fight in the super heavyweight Muay Thai category at 97kg against Rockhampton fighter, Body Count Gym's Mark Olds.
Bretag will enter the bout substantially lighter than his opponent who weighed in at 107kg.
Josh George, 24, will compete in the fly-weight Muay Thai category at 57kg against Hervey Bay Street Smart Thai Kickboxing's Peter de Groot.
Vipers Martial Arts head instructor Warren Sharrock said the pair was bout-ready after putting in overtime at the association's YMCA headquarters on Quinn St.
"They've both been training exceptionally hard in the lead-up to this," he said.
"I know they're both ready to get out there and show the spectators what they've got."
The Vipers gym began in Bundaberg in 1996 and offers lessons in both Muay Thai kick boxing and mixed martial arts.
There are about 50 members who train with the gym regularly.
Sharrock said the Bundaberg pair would give spectators a good overview of the Muay Thai discipline in the Hervey Bay fixture.
"I suppose you could say we've got the whole spectrum of the sport covered from the lightest right up to the heaviest," he said.
Sharrock said both fighters were in impressive form after some intensive training sessions.
"They've done the preparation for this and they both want to make their first fight one to remember," he said.
Muay Thai is a martial arts discipline originating from Thailand in which fighters use kicks, punches and knees to harm their opponents.
Sharrock said a large convoy of Bundaberg mixed martial arts fans was expected at the Hervey Bay fixture.
"The more people that come down and cheer on the guys, the better," he said.
"I think it will be safe to say there's plenty of people down there cheering our local guys on."
Vipers Martial Arts is now recruiting new fighters for the coming season and experience is not necessary.
"We're looking for anyone really," he said.
"From experienced fighters to people who want to try something different."
He said it was a good way to keep in shape and learn discipline.
The event will be held at the Hervey Bay State High School hall from 6pm.