Gym competitors swell the ranks
NUMBERS at Bodycount Compound's gymnasium are growing and that makes trainer Mitchell Schukking very happy.
Saturday afternoon's show at the Republik nightclub, Rocky VI Republik Rebellion, will feature five of Schukking's fighters with three of his troupe stepping into the ring for the first time.
Jordan Kipling has earned the tag “Jack the Ripper” but in reality he is the gym's “baby-faced assassin”.
In his last outing Kipling was ruthless in the demolition of his opponent, repeatedly sending the fighter's head backwards with a series of telling punches and kicks.
“He's looking great coming off that last win,” Schukking said.
The young fighter has got over his original stage fright that many boxers have in their first bouts and was full of confidence recording that win, his first in three fights.
“Jordan is fit, long and sharp,” the trainer said.
It won't be easy for Kipling in his bout with Brisbane's Jim Cass as he will be fighting in a heavier weight division.
“He's definitely the gym's protege,” Schukking said.
“He gets a lot of attention.”
David Woods is a novice having just his second fight but he will face a Townsville boxer with even less experience.
Woods is from a kickboxing family and Schukking expects him to do well in his 57kg contest.
“He's excellent, he's always here and keen to train,” Schukking said.
Callum Mylrea has his first fight and meets a boxer from Sandy Schoffield's Yeppoon gymnasium.
“Callum has been with us for about six months,” the trainer said.
Schukking said Mylrea originally had no intention of fighting as he attended the Bodycount Gymnasium just to train but recently had a change of heart.
“He's sharp and the fittest of the bunch,” he said.
Schukking's assessment of Daniel Doble might not sound good, but he has a lot of respect for the first-time fighter.
“He's a strong boy and been with us for about three months,” he said.
“Daniel is not real technical, he's more of a bludger, a man-handler. He has a good kicking action and is a hard puncher.”
Taking up the challenge at just four days notice is Luke Hjortshoj.
Schukking does not see the short notice being a burden as that was how he began his own fight career.
Hjortshoj will fight Cory Gayle in the 73kg division but Schukking said his fighter is strong and very focused.
“He has a powerful punch and is a strong kicker,” he said.
All the fighters will be competing under the modified Muay Thai rules – no use of elbows – and will need to be fit as for this event they will fight for five one-and-a-half minute rounds.
The program at the Republik nightclub begins at 4pm.