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Jenkins settles for draw in Gold Coast Caged Muay Thai event

PRESSURE TEST: Wangaratta’s Michael Jenkins in action against Jeremy Otineru at CMT3 on the Gold Coast last weekend. PHOTO: Sharon Richards

WANGARATTA Muay Thai kickboxer Michael Jenkins suffered the first blemish of his career last weekend, but it hasn’t deterred him in the slightest.

Jenkins fought out a draw after going toe to toe with Jeremy Otineru at the star-studded CMT3 card on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Having beaten Otineru in a points decision in his previous bout, Jenkins said he was frustrated by the tie, but remained upbeat.

“I was pretty disappointed with my performance,” Jenkins said.

“I actually felt like I had lost the fight – his corner had prepared him well for my length and reach, and every time I came forward he would kick my front leg, and he also did well to negate the clinch.

“It was almost a surprise when they called it a draw, but speaking to people afterwards they said they felt it could have gone either way, so I guess it was a fitting result.

“At the end of the day it’s not a loss, and I’ve learnt a lot from it.”

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