Local kickboxer prepares for tilt at first belt

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SHAPING UP: Michael Jenkins (left) in action against Jeremy Otineru at CMT3 in July.

RISING Muay Thai kickboxer Michael Jenkins will fight for the first championship belt of his career on the Gold Coast tomorrow when he takes on Leon NTG for the World Kick Boxing Federation (WKBF) Amateur Heavyweight title in the 2013 John Wayne Parr Amateur Tournament.

Jenkins, who is coming off a draw against Jeremy Otineru at the high profile CMT3 event in July, said he had been hoping to be matched up with NTG – who takes the Thai custom of using his gym (Nugget’s Thaiboxing Gym) as his ring name – for a while.

“I’ve seen Leon fight live once, and I’ve also seen him fight on TV and on the internet,” Jenkins said.

“He has a really good reputation around Brisbane and he is someone who I’ve been wanting to fight.

“Stylistically I think we will make a good match-up – we’re both quick for heavyweights.

“A lot of other heavyweights are big punchers who rely on their power, but we are both technical fighters with a good variety of skills, and I think it will be a fast-paced fight.”


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