2021 Babinda NAIDOC Celebration
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MUAY Thai fighter, Quinton Smith, who trains out of Fusion Fight and Fitness Innisfail, will be back in the ring to fight as an adult in the Elite Fight Series held at the Cairns State High School Hall and hosted by Explosive Fight Promotions.
Smith, aged 18, has been matched in the 65kg professional bout over three-by-three-minute rounds with Jason Scott from Team Pinky Muay Thai in South Australia.
This is Smith’s first professional fight under Muay Thai Queensland, and he will be up against Scott, aged 23, who has 18 professional fights under his belt.
Smith had a huge win in March to claim the WKBF Australian Welterweight 66.8kg title fight against Shane Hoogstraten from Karma Muay Thai Brisbane, at the Best of Best Bucking and Fighting event at Caboolture Showgrounds.
Smith has an impressive fight record in Muay Thai of 31 fights, 27 wins, and four losses.
Smith has locked in a Fight World Cup title match with Alfie Smith from Bloodshed Brisbane in November on the Gold Coast, where both fighters will be vying for a sizable purse.
Brayden Marzona from Tully, who also trains out of Fusion Fight and Fitness Innisfail, will be up against Daniel Tata from North Coast Combat Townsville in the 71kg bout over three by two-minute rounds. This amateur bout will follow full Muay Thai rules with elbow pads, whilst Smith’s professional fight will see no protective equipment used.
Marzona, aged 19, who has been involved in Muay Thai for two years, has a fight record of five wins and one loss.
Both fighters have been training most days of the week and lifted their intensity in preparation for their fights.
In his last fight in Cairns against Tata, Luca Lanigan, from The Fight Academy, claimed the win and was crowned WMO Amateur QLD Champion. Lanigan has been rematched with Joseph Gabiola, from Courage Training Centre, in the professional 74kg bout which is the main event on the fight card.
Isaac Fox, from Fusion Fight and Fitness Innisfail, will also feature in the Rise to Elite Amateur Series, where he will be up against Cheyne Kufner, from Future Muay Thai, in the 90kg bout over three by two-minute rounds.
The Rise to Elite Series is a daytime amateur event, which enables fighters to gain experience and create a pathway to night events, without the pressure of lights, entertainment, and huge crowds.
There are 15 matched fights in the Elite Fight Series, whilst the Rise to Elite Amateur Series has 12 fights and will feature World Muay Thai Council and Muay Thai Australia title fights.
This is a fantastic opportunity to watch two local fighters on show as they battle it out at home in Cairns, so be sure to get there and support them.
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