Mitchell Schukking lives life for kicks, but when he fights this month, he will also bring his elbow into the action as he enters a full Thai contest during the show at the Stadium Nite Club a week on Saturday.
Mitchell Schukking lives life for kicks, but when he fights this month, he will also bring his elbow into the action as he enters a full Thai contest during the show at the Stadium Nite Club a week on Saturday. Chris Ison

Mitch is stepping up to Thai fight

TALKINGto Mitch Schukking you would think he was looking for different ways to collect a nasty injury.

As a kick boxer Schukking has thrilled crowds with his all-action performances in the ring in shows at Rockhampton.

Those bouts have been in the modified version of the sport.

Then recently Schukking went into the ring for the first time in a conventional bout against an opponent who was a veteran of 60 contests.

In a week on Saturday the plucky fighter is set to accept another challenge when he has a full Thai fight, a contest which permits the use of elbows as well as feet and knees.

“It gives me something to break my teeth on,” the fighter joked.

Not that Schukking will be looking to be beaten, especially after the way he clinically dispatches opponents in modified Thai bouts.

“Using the elbow takes the sport to a whole new level,” he said.

“With the elbow you can get a lot of power as the action comes through the hips.”

Trainer at the Hellrazor Fight Club Ruben Fraser had advised Schukking to step up to the next level, something he had done himself early in his own fight career.

However, as in any style of boxing it is not all about administering blows on an opponent, but also about preventing blows landing on your own body.

Schukking said he needed to work out the distance of an opponent's kick and get inside so he didn't get hurt. That will be similar with an elbow.

When Schukking steps into the ring at the Stadium Nightclub on October 10 all he knows about his opponent is that he is taller than himself and agile.

Despite that, Schukking has a fight plan and that is to finish it as soon as possible.

“I'm there for a good time, not for a long time,” he beamed.

“I get tired too easily.”

While picking up a trophy is always nice, that is not the reason Schukking is involved, as he sees the battles in the ring as learning more about himself and his own capabilities.

It is also a sport he has been around all his life.

“My dad was a kick boxer and I grew up around it,” he said.

Schukking said this month's show at the Stadium would be even better than previous ones.

“It will start later and go into the night,” he said.

He said Rockhampton would be well represented with one of the highlights being the return to the ring of crowd favourite James “Shirvo” Shirvington after a shoulder reconstruction.



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