Shaping up for a big night
MITCHELL Schukking will present just three of his fighters from the Body Count Kompound gym on tonight's card at the Muay Thai Kick Boxing Extravaganza at the Republik Nightclub but he is excited about their chances of doing well.
With many of his regular competitors working out of the area at the moment, Schukking is looking to three of his troupe, all of whom have shown plenty of potential, despite only managing a handful of fights between them.
Daniel Doble knows he can win bouts and goes into his contest with Sam Croke of the Iron Horse gym holding a two win-two loss record from his four fights.
"We will be looking at him to go hard again," Schukking said.
Both wins were inside the distance and Doble will look on this fight as an opportunity to improve on that record as Croke goes into the ring with a string of losses from his four fights.
However, Croke is trained by John Clark at Iron Horse and that suggests he will be a tough opponent despite those defeats.
Like Doble, Aidan Jasperson will fight in the 76kg division and the 18-year-old is certain to have a tough night at the office when he fights Ben Harris from the respected Valhalla Club at Brisbane.
Schukking is happy with the progress made by his young fighter since he started training at the gym.
"Aidan has dropped a considerable amount of weight," he said.
The trainer believes the technique of Jasperson continues to improve and even though it will not be an easy fight against the Valhalla boxer he is certain his fighter will put in a good performance.
"He will be looking for another win," he said, "he has come on in leaps and bounds.
"I see his strength being in the grapple."
Schukking said Jasperson is from a kick boxing background with his father an ex-fighter during the early years of the sport in Rockhampton.
It will be a debut for 18-year-old Connar Smith who takes on another novice, Toby Savuri from the Cairns gym where he is trained by Frank McDonald.
With the fight being between two first timers a lot will depend on which of the two settles quickly.
"If Connar keeps his composure and his technique then he will do well," Schukking said.
With fighters going into battle for the first time the adrenalin can take over at the expense of technique.
The trainer said Smith went to Body Count Kompound with his cousin Tim Martin with the idea of training for general fitness but has decided to get into the ring and test himself out.
Another Rockhampton fighter on tonight's card is Matt McLeod from CQ Mixed Martial Arts who is having his first Muay Thai Kick Boxing after having a mixed martial arts bout at Gladstone.
Yeppoon Rhino's Ash Daley is on the card against Tristan Murphy from former world champion Andrew Keogh's gym.