Jesse fighting just for kicks

By STEVE SPINKS

IF Jesse Webster needs medical attention to soothe his battered body after the World Kick-Boxing Association super middleweight State title bout at Lismore City Hall tonight, he won't have to go far.

After all, the 27-year-old works at St Vincent's Hospital as a storeman.

But the Lismore kick-boxer is confident he'll have to go into work on Monday as usual after his battle with Newcastle's Daniel Hartley under Modified Thai rules for the vacant State title, although he may be a bit sore.

"My boss is a former nurse," Webster chuckled.

"But I'm feeling good and I've worked hard in the gym."

Indeed.

Webster has trained seven days a week this year in an attempt to strip his fighting weight down from a light heavyweight (80kg) to a super middleweight (76kg).

It meant squeezing every ounce of fat from his supremely fit body.

"It's been very hard," Webster said. "I train every day either in the gym or running because I enjoy my food and my beer."

But it's worked.

It's also helped him in the ring.

Webster was one of the smaller light heavyweights going around; now he is one of the larger super middleweights.

Webster got into Muay Thai and kick-boxing because he wanted to learn a martial art.

It soon took over from soccer as his major sport.

Seven years later he's contesting a NSW title.

Under Modified Thai rules, no elbows are allowed during the fight.

There are seven bouts on the card tonight, with other local fighters including Josh Brown, Shawn Fergus, David Nicolia, Ben Collier, Damien Love and Jeff Ross.

The action begins at 6.30pm with tickets available at the door. Tickets cost $30 (or $40 ringside).



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