Left black and blue
THERE are no easy contests on the Muay Thai agenda but Ruben Fraser's fighters might have enjoyed meeting less experienced opposition.
Big Kerry Black had a massive advantage in reach over his opponent Jarrod Terkylson but was unable to make anything of it in a bout that went into the fifth round.
Fraser, who is head trainer of the Hellrazor Fight Club, said he was happy with the way Black performed in the 110kg fight even though his Townsville opponent was a worthy winner.
“We found out on the night that in his (Terkylson's) two fights he had won both with a right-hand punch in the opening seconds of each fight,” Fraser said.
The good news for Black was at least he can lay claim to ending that run of successes.
Black was nailed by a big punch in the second round that left him seated on the canvas, but he gamely returned to his feet and fought on.
At the start of the fifth round a flying attack from Terkylson found Black's rib cage and when he followed up with a straight left and then a right the fight was over for the Rockhampton fighter.
For Fraser, the defeat was all part of learning ring craft.
“I think first fight jitters came in to it,” he said, “I feel he could have unleashed and won the fight.”
Fraser is confident Black will be a far better fighter when he enters the ring next time around.
Before the fight Adam Hagedorn was confident his “granite chin” would help him through the opening stages of his fight with Lucas Beaujeu and give him a little time to work out his highly rated opponent.
Unfortunately for Hagedorn, the attacks from Beaujeu came with kicks to the leg, to which the Rockhampton fighter had no answer.
Early in the fight, after suffering a bombardment of kicks, Hagedorn could barely stand and Beaujeu celebrated his 28th win from 31 bouts.
Joel Eliott stepped up to fight Badri from Rockhampton's CQ Mixed Martial Arts Academy in the 85kg division but having done little training for the event was beaten.
Fraser said Eliott had his chance to snatch the win late in the contest.
After being floored with a couple of kicks Eliott mounted his challenge in the fourth round with an attack to the body of Badri and followed up with a straight right, but, having overcome this flurry the CQMMA fighter went on to win.
That was the second win of the night for the CQMMA with Matt Lowery collecting a points win over Cory Sullivan in a closely fought 71kg contest.
Wes Mainhardt was the other Hellrazor fighter in action but he too was unable to get a desired result in his 71kg bout with Jayden Tryhorn of the First Strike Dojo.
“He (Mainhardt) looked pretty slick at the start,” Fraser noted.
Unfortunately Mainhardt, who had been out of ring action for 10 months, likes to deliver his attacks from a distance and Tryhorn was not prepared to allow him that luxury.
“Wes's grappling strength let him down,” Fraser said.
“In the end he was overwhelmed with knees to his body and head.”
Fraser said he plans to put on another show at the Republik on June 11 but in the mean time fighters from the Hellrazor Fight Club are expected to prepare fights out of town on May 6.