Fighters up to test
LISMORE Muay Thai fighters Luke Patch and Jake Anemaat have an anxious 48 hours ahead of them.
Both will compete in Boonchu Cup Muay Thai bouts at the Gold Coast on Saturday night.
Anemaat and Patch fight out of Martial Arts First Lismore and coach Rod Ramsay believes they are ready to take on the best.
"This is a big thing for a small club like ours," Ramsay said
"Queensland is renowned for being the best muay thai state in Australia.
"For a small club in Lismore to be holding our own against some of the best in the country is something we're proud of."
Patch has already won two fights via unanimous points decisions.
It's a short turnaround for the 23-year-old after his last fight in Queensland on March 2.
Anemaat, 19, is stepping into the ring for the first time.
"I don't think the occasion will get to him," Ramsay said. "He needs to realise that the guy across the ring from him will be just as nervous as he is.
"Luke is coming off two wins and hopefully it will be third time lucky.
"He dominates the clinch and throws some big knees."
"Another win will be a stepping stone towards a state title for him.
The event is being staged by eight-time world kickboxing champion John "Wayne" Parr.
Both Lismore men fight in the 72kg division and have been ideal training partners.
"It's a tough sport but safety is the number-one priority with training," Ramsay said.
Anemaat and Patch benefited from a visit to the club from world lightweight Muay Thai champion Michael "Tomahawk" Thompson last month
"He was very good and the boys got a lot out of it," Ramsay said.
"Muay Thai isn't for ev-eryone and a lot of people come here just to train and pick up some new skills.
"Others go on with it to chase that extra challenge and you're always a winner when you take on that personal journey.
"We train men, women and kids in Mauy Thai now; it's definitely picked up in popularity."