This fight is by far one of my favourite fights to date. Not just because of the outcome, but also because of how it made me feel afterwards. WATCH FIGHT HERE
After my previous fight, I took a few months off from fighting as I had quit my full time IT job after being with my employer for a total of 9 years (in between travelling the world), I had also started focusing on building my own business called Nationally Registered Fighters (Australia) which I was really excited to get off the ground, at the same time I was also studying part time in a Business Management Course so I really needed to find a job that would allow me to do all of this, plus force me to train. I was offered some Part Time work to help out my friends at Urban Fight Gym. I was finding it hard to motivate myself to turn up for training at 350 Fitness, as I kept filling in all my time with working and studying. So to force myself to get back to fight training, I made the very tough decision to move from 350 Fitness Boxing & Muay Thai Gym over to Urban Fight Gym.
It was quite an emotional time as my trainer is such a good friend of mine, but what made it that little bit easier was the fact I was going to both our good mates gym. Urban Fight Gym is a “sister” gym to 350, this being because the owner and head trainer of Urban Richard Walsh was Claytons trainer when he was a fighter growing up. They are not just friends but more like brothers to one another, so the fact that I was staying “in the family” was a bit easier to transition across. I also now had NO excuse for missing training because I was now there for work so couldn’t make up any reasons for why I was “too busy working” to make it to training!
I had already trained at Urban in the past, when my gym old closed down and while Clayton was in the process of opening 350 Fitness, not to mention I had known Richie & Melissa Walsh for almost 10 years by that stage, and the fact that I now worked there, it meant that I was instantly comfortable training there full time.
This brings us to April 2013, I got started in to my new fight training regime with Richie. By September a fight had come up on a bigger show, No Surrender. It was a bit daunting knowing the size of the crowds that No Surrender get, so I was excited to be on a show like this. I had also agreed to have my Business (NRF) have a stall at the show, which in hindsight was silly to commit to working at the same show I was fighting on!
I got to the show early to set up my stall, I’d also organised to have Caley Reece & Nathan “Carnage” Corbett signing posters for their fans at the NRF stall as well so I made sure I had everything organised for them. Once I’d set everything up, Caley and Nathan were awesome enough to keep an eye on my stall while I went out the back to start to prepare for my fight.
Going into this fight I felts so confident and comfortable. After the fight I honestly didn’t even feel like it was me in there fighting, it literally felt like I was being remote controlled by Richie. He has such an amazing eye in the corner and just as I was about to step in to the ring, Melissa Walsh (who is a former champion and Richies Wife) said to me “Just listen to Richie, whatever he tells you to throw, do it as soon as he says it”. So that was the last thing I heard before I got in there and boy did it work a treat. I didn’t have to worry about anything else in this fight, other than listening, this made it so much easier to concentrate on my breathing and moving around because Richie literally did all the rest with his instructions!
After this fight I was so blown away with the support I received and the best part of it all was I was offered Sponsorship by PUNISH FIGHT GEAR. I couldn’t believe it! The only other Female Fighter they sponsor is Caley Reece and they have been long time sponsors of 11 x World Champion Nathan “Carnage Corbett”, as you can imagine I was absolutely over the moon to have the support of such an awesome company who had the belief in me that I could go far in this sport.
Also listening back to the commentary in this fight (see video below) really opened my eyes to the potential I had, I hadn’t really heard anyone say anything about my fighting so everything that happened in this fight just made me want to try and push myself further in Muay Thai! So thank you commentators Richard Jensen & Brad Hull on your kind words (and funny comments!)
This fight is definitely one that I will always cherish. Massive thank you to everyone who was involved, before, during and after. You guys helped me in ways you can’t even imagine!
Watch my fight here:
Opponent: Laura Kanerva (Nukzu Gym)
Weight: 60kgs – weighed in at 59.5kgs
Show: No Surrender 5 | Brisbane
Date: September, 2013
Result: Win – UPD