Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Kick Boxers Bristling to Battle

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Kick Boxers Bristling to Battle

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

KICK BOXING: Ruben Fraser only takes his fighters away if he thinks they are ready to do battle and this weekend he has high hopes for four of his Muay Thai boxers from the Hellrazor Fight Club.

The four are off to Brisbane with James "Shirvo" Shirvington heading the bill as the main fight of the night.

Shirvington knows he will be given a tough time as he is not only fighting a very capable and experienced kick boxer in Adam King, but also facing an opponent who will be receiving the support of his home fans.

Corporate Boxing Gym is the venue and one made famous by the King family, but according to Fraser, if Shirvington follows instructions he could come away with a victory.

King has fought at Rockhampton and topped the bill here when he met another handy opponent in Shaun Warren.

"Shirvo is really stepping up here," Fraser said.

"If he gets out of his normal style of counter-fighting I know he can win," Fraser said.

While wanting Shirvington to take the fight to King, the tactic can leave a fighter open to a sucker blow, bringing about his downfall.

Confidence has never been a problem for Shirvington, but he also backs up his claims in the ring.

"I've never felt so fit in my life," he said.

Both he and fellow club member Mitch Schukking recently spent five days training with Andrew Keogh, one of the finest exponents of the sport.

"We learned a lot of technical things," Shirvington said.

Wes Mainhardt never looks hurried either in or out of the ring, winning his last fight in Rockhampton with a display of composed and yet ruthless efficiency.

On Saturday he faces Louie Latenschutz, another fighter from the Corporate Boxing Club, in a contest he should win on experience.

Latenschutz has trained at the sport for a couple of years, but on Saturday he will feel the adrenaline rush of stepping through the ropes to face an opponent in front of a vociferous crowd for the first time. …

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