Odine’s Martial Arts Centre put on a night of thrilling and visceral Muay Thai action last weekend.
Some of Western Australia's best fighters climbed into the ring during Respect Fight Night 6 in Bunbury on Saturday, May 5.
The South West Italian Club was transformed into a spectacular fight night arena, made whole by the teaming mass of Muay Thai fans from across the state.
In the main event, Nicola Callander (Riddlers Gym) defeated Kalamunda KB’s Kaelee Mallard to win the women’s 53.5 kilogram gold medal.
Odine’s Martial Arts Centre fighter Jamie Crane went up against Mitchell Walker in the super middleweight showdown.
Despite Crane’s form, Walker did enough to take out the title.
Earlier in the night, Odine’s Martial Arts Centre junior middleweight fighter Max Adams fell to Manjimup’s Ash Smith.
Adams’s enthusiasm and quick decisions in the ring made him a crowd favourite.
He was awarded Fighter of the Night and picked up a new pair of gloves.
“It was a really good experience, I didn’t get the win but it’s not about getting the win it’s about being comfortable with what you’ve achieved,” he said.
“I achieved my goal and had fun.”
South West fans cheered as Odine’s Martial Arts Centre fighter Aimee Couanon faced Natalie Smith (Westside KB) in the women’s 65kg category.
Couanon was pleased with her efforts and yearned to get back in the gym.
“My goal was to survive it and get through it,” she said. “I reached my goal and I think it all went okay.”
The event marked Adams and Couanon’s first ever fights.
The competitors thanked Odine’s Martial Arts Centre owner Gary Odine and trainer Jason Lea.
Mr Odine praised the fighters, trainers, and fans for coming out to Bunbury.
“All the gyms here have supported me for years, and they’ll always support our shows,” he said.
“There will always be a guarantee that they will support us.
“The show is about respect and everyone respects each other here.”
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