FIGHTING THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS: Dan Zealand and Anton Zafir fought their way to victory in their respective MMA fights in Brisbane on March 5.
FIGHTING THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS: Dan Zealand and Anton Zafir fought their way to victory in their respective MMA fights in Brisbane on March 5.

Fighters ready for fight night

WHITSUNDAY Boxing Club (WBC) members believe they are ready for Fight Night III: Reloaded which will be held at the Whitsunday PCYC on May 21.

Fighters Dan Zealand and Anton Zafir both had convincing wins in their latest MMA bouts which were part of an amateur event held in Brisbane on March 5.

Zafir defeated his Brisbane-based opponent in the second round of his bout, with a choke hold which forced his rival to tap out in what was declared the fight of the night.

Zafir thought he had won the fight early in the match when Richard Zamora's mouthguard fell out.

He then had to regain his focus to claim victory later in the bout.

“It wasn't too bad, we were both evenly matched,” he said.

“We basically stood toe to toe, but probably the thing that saved me was my fitness.”

The most impressive result of the day came when Zealand knocked out his opponent in the opening round of his first ever MMA fight.

Head boxing coach Paul Barrett said this was a great result for Zealand.

“I think he's got quite an impressive amateur career ahead of him,” he said.

“He went there, did his business and came out the winner.

“Dan now understands his strength in his stand up boxing.

“I don't think he valued that previously.”

Barrett also believes his fighters are now well-prepared for ahead of their next fights at Fight Night III.

“Obviously they've both got experience out of it,” he said.

“They've gone from strength to strength.

“They've found their own stride and I'm really confident of where we are.”

Another amateur fight night was meant to be held in Mackay on the same day but was cancelled at the last minute.

This meant Whitsunday boxers Brendan Ruge and James Towers could not have their warm-up fights.


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