Hit fight night starts something
Muay Thai fighting championships at AIS Arena. Ramesh Habib tries to get through the defences of Joe Chopstick Lee. Photo: Melissa Adams
No sooner had the blood, sweat and tears settled at Canberra's first professional Muay Thai show than two more events were being planned.
Warrior FC organiser Anthony Manning said 1000 people were at AIS Arena on Sunday to witness one of the biggest events of its kind in Australia, which also included the Road to Warrior FC - for novices and amateurs.
And he's already planning to bring another show bearing the same name back to AIS Arena on April 6.
An Australian championships was also in the pipeline and will also be held at the same venue from October 20 to 24.
''We had a higher rate of people that normally wouldn't watch … and the Thai embassy sponsored a fight and the Thai ambassador was there to give a trophy,'' Manning told Fairfax on Monday.
''There was a lot of people in the crowd who had never seen a fight show … we're trying to do a sport in an entertaining package.
''My mum, she's 72 years old, and my partner's mum is 75 and they've never seen a fight show and they had a great time.''
Dane ''Daddy Kool'' Beauchamp won the main fight on the card, beating fellow Queenslander Mark Sarracino for a shot at a world title.
But Manning said the fight of the night was probably Kim Loudon beating Kiwi Jamie Eades.
''That was the Australia versus New Zealand match and that was probably the fight of the night,'' he said. ''It was pretty spectacular because [Loudon] took it on two days' notice … someone pulled out and Kim took it on two days' notice and drove from the Central Coast.''