Live Thai Boxing Action in Bordertown SA – State of a Warrior 2017

7th November 2017

The Tatiara Civic Centre was alive with action on Saturday 28 October, with an appreciative crowd thrilled by a high quality show of Thai Boxing.

MatchMaker Promotions and Bordertown BJMA Martial Arts club held State of a Warrior again after their successful first event last year, with fighters competing from South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

Two Australian Men’s Titles and one Commonwealth Women’s Title were the main events, with an great, eight bout undercard beginning at 7.30pm.

Anthony Gilbert vs Adim Fuentes

Zhanna Vasenina vs Amber Leggett

Zhanna Vasenina vs Amber Leggett

The event was sanctioned and officiated by the WKA, World Kickboxing Association, with officials travelling from Adelaide, including the event doctor, Dr Sean Tay. Renowned Melbourne based commentator Perry Cale called the action for the night.

Brian Muller vs Salim Zahr

Ryan Davies vs Harry Milazzo

Harry Milazzo

Jason Roberts vs Gary Cairns

The first title fight of the night saw Ben Collopy from South Australia take on Dylan Herbst from Western Australia for the Australian WKA Super Middleweight Title.

The fight was under full Thai rules with three, three minute rounds to decide who claim the belt.

The fighters were very evenly matched, which made for a great contest. The fight went the full distance with both fighters trading effective kicks and punches throughout.

After the judges’ scorecards were consulted, 17-year-old Dylan from the The Pit Gym, was able to come away with a win by split decision, with the Australian Title going to WA.

The second title fight of the night saw Liam Wright from Supafight Gym in Victoria, face up to Damon Nelson from Lanna Muay Thai in Western Australia, for the Australian WKA Welterwight Title. This fight was also contested under full Thai rules and over three, three minute rounds.

Both fighters showed great early momentum, however Nelson fought for the ascendancy, controlling the fight for the entire three rounds and was awarded the win, in a unanimous decision from the judges.

The final fight of the night saw the Commonwealth WKA K1 Featherweight title go on the line as Tina Sougleris from the Redstar Training Centre in SA, took on Alicia Pestana from Riddlers Gym in WA.

Tina Sougleris vs Alicia Pestana

Tina Sougleris vs Alicia Pestana

This fight was under K1 rules and saw the fighters battle five, three minute rounds for the title.

Both fighters gave it their all throughout the fight. Pestana looked to gain the upper hand in the early stages and continued to do so throughout, to come away victorious with a unanimous decision.

The organisers were thrilled with how the event went in its second year and intend to continue to run State of a Warrior in Bordertown yearly.

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