Bam! and Mitch sends him down...
IT was the final fight of the evening at the Stadium Niteclub and as a small figure headed to the ring, head covered with the black and white hood of his fight gown, it seemed incongruous that the fans cheering wildly, the throbbing beat from the amplifiers and the frenzied shouts of the fight commentator were all for him.
The fighter climbed through the ropes, removing the hood. Mitch Schukking had arrived and was pumped up for his contest.
Schukking is a crowd pleaser, a rising star of the fight game and on Saturday he was meeting Cairns fighter Ricky Melor in his first Full Thai (elbows permitted) bout.
The referee called the fighters together and while they showed respect for one another it was obvious the two wanted to put on a show for the main bout on the 15 fight card.
Melor had height advantage but such a minor detail has never worried Schukking, it certainly didn't in this fight.
By his own standards Schukking had a cautious first round, firing home a few combinations but generally probing the Cairns fighter who seemed happy to grapple at close quarters despite his superior reach.
That proved to be his mistake for early in the second round, after he had made a ferocious start without hurting Schukking, he got in at close quarters with the pair exchanging blows with knees to the body.
Unfortunately for Melor he had failed to wrap up Schukking's upper body and with his arms free the Rocky boxer sent an elbow crashing into the top of his head.
While that did not stop Melor the fight was over less than 20 seconds later as Schukking sent a succession of punishing blows to which the Cairns boy had no answer.
It was over, Schukking was elated and his corner from the Hellrazor Fight Club mobbed him in a wild celebration.
Once again Schukking's win, by a technical knock out, proved while he does not give value for money when it comes to time in the ring, he makes up for that with the quality of his performance.
At one stage it had looked to be an ordinary night for Rockhampton fighters with losses all over the card.
Thankfully there were exceptions.
Adam Hagedorn came out for his fight with Cairns fighter Ali “King Brown” MacDonald firing on all cylinders.
With the first round barely half completed “King Brown” felt he had been king-hit and the fight handed to Hagedorn.
An hour after the fight Hagedorn, the man they nicknamed “Granite Chin” was still pumped up about his win.
“I've been doing quite a lot of work on my cardio and it payed off,” he said.
“I just went out there and stopped him getting into his rhythm.
“My goal is to get the Queensland Title within three years.”
Hagedorn paid credit to his trainer Ruben Fraser who had shown confidence in him.
The main undercard fight was in the 70kg division where Wes Mainhardt was against Gatton's Scott Mattlock.
The smaller Mattlock tried to work on Mainhardt at close quarters but never looked like hurting the Rockhampton boxer whose faster hands scored him points as he put combinations together to the head of Mattlock.