Fight Night a knockout
HE might not have got the results he was after, but Whitsunday Martial Arts' coach Anton Zafir has praised Airlie Fight Night III has "hugely successful".
More than 800 people crammed into the Whitsunday PCYC on Saturday night to witness the fight spectacle, but only Dan Zealand (choke), Remi Vigor (TKO), Daniel McCormack (points decision) and Adam Mitton (TKO) would be crowned triumphant in front of an adoring hometown audience.
"When you get tough match-ups the fights can go either way," Zafir explained.
"It's a great learning experience and has given our fighters plenty of things to work through."
Matt Thurtell (points decision), Dylan Grundy (rear-ended choke submission), Matt Sehl (TKO), Scott Dwyer (stopped by referee), Garret Byrne (points decision) and Sean Kolders (TKO) were unsuccessful in their bouts, but arguably the fight of the night was played between Clint Osborne and Orren Jameljanenko - which resulted in a draw.
Zafir praised the community for its involvement and support for the Fight Night, while also thanking various sponsors.
The wheels are already in motion for another Fight Night in November.
Fight Night results
Dan Zealand def Hayden Hotz
Remi Vigor def Matt Thurling
Regan Hyde def Shane Vorstman
Barry Dinsdale def Blair Frew
Joel Danger def Corey Huggins
Sam Walker def Matt Sehl
Clint Osborne drew with Orren Jameljanenko
Adam Mitton def Tom Olsson
Sam Kitchener def Sean Kolders
Dan McCormack def Craig Callaghan
Chris Nielson def Garret Byrne
Beau Luxford def Scott Dwyer
Aaron Heather def Dylan Grundy
Tahiwi Sellars Mcgee def Matt Thurtell