Mitch's boys facing tough test
MITCH Schukking's Body Count Kompound continues to grow, with 70 people on the books for training, of which 15 are fighters.
This weekend Schukking takes six of those Muay Thai boxers to the Sunshine Coast, where they will compete in a fight show at the Maroochydore RSL.
As the head trainer at the gym, Schukking has been extending his own Muay Thai experience and recently returned from Thailand, where he worked with fighters at two gyms.
“I learnt about training and different techniques,” he said.
“I trained with a guy who has had 180 fights.”
Schukking is an experienced fighter but his record extends to just 18 fights.
The biggest difference he found was the fighters he met in Thailand were more technical than in Australia, searching to win points rather than going for the big knock-down.
Fighting on the Coast will be some of Schukking's less-experienced boxers.
Daniel Dobble had his first fight at the last Rockhampton show, where he went very well.
This time he moves up to the 75kg division and will meet a fighter who is younger but with a respectable two wins from two fights record.
“Daniel has put in the hard yards and sharpened up his technique,” Schukking said.
Daniel Wells, at just 17 years of age, is one of the younger fighters training at the gym.
Wells is still a student a North Rockhampton State School, but his trainer believes he will go well against a fighter of the same age, but with a two loss and one win record.
Schukking said Wells goes into the fight with limited kickboxing experience.
Scott Warwick-Day, at just 58kg, is not the heaviest fighter on the card and this will be his first bout after joining the gym to improve his fitness and strength.
Josh Cox joined the Body Count Kompound at 125kg, but goes into the ring for his first fight at a trimmed-down 93kg.
Cox will have a tough time gaining a favourable result, even though his opponent will weigh in 5kg lighter.
Schukking said Cox would meet a fighter who had more experience, with a one win and one loss record.
If fights are won on fitness alone then Michael Drew will be hard to beat in the 73kg division.
Schukking describes Drew as a fitness fanatic – he has lost 5kg and is running 5km distances in times of 12min 35secs.
However, Drew will need to be at his best, because he meets a boxer training by world champion Kurt Finlayson.
“His boys are really tough customers,” Schukking said.
“Michael is fit but the fighter he meets has had 10 fights.”
The final member of the troupe is Callum Mylrea, who will have his second fight in the 66kg division.
“He's tall and slim, fast, and has good technique,” Schukking said.
Mylrea meets a boxer with a four-fight record.
“He's got the experience but Cal's much taller and will be able to use his defensive kicks,” Schukking said.
Each of the fighters will fight three two-minute rounds in modified Muay Thai, where the knee is allowed to be used against an opponent's head.