Kerry Black and Wesley Mainhardt are two of the local attractions on the program at the Republik on Saturday.
Kerry Black and Wesley Mainhardt are two of the local attractions on the program at the Republik on Saturday. Sharyn Oneill

Black hopes success is in reach

WHEN Kerry Black steps into the ring on Saturday night it is more than likely he will have the advantage of reach.

At 2.13 metres (seven foot) Black is a big target, but also an imposing figure.

It is not too long ago his sporting ambitions were centred on trying to gain a place in the Rockets basketball team.

The only link between Muay Thai fighting and basketball is Saturday's venue – the Republik a major sponsor of the Rockets. So why has the man mountain decided to change sports?

“It is a bit of a change,” Black conceded, “It is just something at which I would really like to have a go, something different.”

The fighter has been training with Ruben Fraser at the Hellrazor Fight Club for the past two months after watching all the previous fight promotions in Rockhampton put on by Fraser.

Black has not been given an easy introduction to his new sport of choice as his opponent will be Townsville's Jarred Turklyson who has already had two fights.

While Black is likely to enjoy the advantage of reach his opponents experience will provide a tough barrier for him to overcome.

Fraser is happy with the progress Black has made.

“He is a bit gangly,” he joked, “ he throws some mean punches.”

In training he said he has kept tuition to the basics.

“I am confident he will go perfectly well,” Fraser affirmed.

As the promoter of the event, Fraser said there will be nine bouts on the card and it will include three further fighters from the Hellrazor club.

Wes Mainhardt returns to the ring after a series of injuries.

“It will be Wes's first fight for 10 months,” Fraser said.

“It will be a tough night at the office for Wes.”

The fight will be in the 71kg division and after being back training for a couple of months Mainhardt said he is ready.

His opponent is just 17 years of age, but is from the influential First Strike gym and enters the ring with a very good fight record of five wins from just seven bouts.

Another Hellrazor fighter with a very tough night ahead of him is Adam Hagedorn who will have the night's “international” bout.

Hagedorn is a tough fighter and hard to knock over but will require that resilience to get a result from New Caledonia's Lucas Beaujeu who comes to the contest a winner in 27 of his 30 bouts.

Beaujeu currently boxes out of the Corporate Box Gym.

Joel Eliott also returns to the ring after missing out on the last few competitions.

After only making himself available during the past week Eliott trained on Tuesday and offered to take a fight with a boxer from Rockhampton's Central Queensland Mixed Martial Arts gym.

At his best Eliott is dynamic, but his lack of preparation could cause him a problem.

Top fight on the card is a Full Thai bout between two top Brisbane fighters Martin Kristofferson and Jason Bourke in the 75kg division.

Doors open at the Republik at 5pm with the first fight about 6pm.

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