MIRI: Fadzli Julai did Sarawak proud when he won the professional K1 kickboxing 56kg title at the second regional Amateur Boxing and Kickboxing Tournament at Jerudong Park Amphitheatre, Brunei over the weekend.
Fadzli, the sole participant from the Warmonger Training Academy Miri, won by a TKO in the second round over Rayyan from Sabah.
“It is victory not just for Fadzli and Warmonger but also a pride for Sarawak,” coach Gavin Ghia Mattu told The Borneo Post.
Gavin, who is one of the owners of Warmonger Gym, said the tournament was an international event which attracted fighters from Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur and Miri) and Brunei.
The tournament was sanctioned by the International Sports Kickboxing Association and the Brunei Darussalam Boxing Association.
It also showcased special needs athletes including Sunny ‘The Silencer’ Sabornido, the first and only hearing impaired Muay Thai fighter from Malaysia.
Special needs organisations such as Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam, Persatuan KACA and Persatuan Orang Kurang Pendengaran Kebangsaan (OKP) also participated.
The tournament’s main objective was to raise public awareness on the inclusivity and equality of persons with disabilities as well as to inspire them to pursue martial arts.
Warmonger Training Academy Miri is committed to sending more participants to compete in both local, regional and international events as platforms to expose their fighters.
The academy’s Nigel Lakai will fight in an MMA bout at the Octagon Fighting Championship in Penang this weekend while his brother Nathaniel, who is the Malaysian MIMMA lightweight champion, will be fighting in Manila, the Philippines on April 6.