BURNLEY Thai boxer Alexis Walker proved inexperience is insignificant after being crowned Lean and Greens Fighting Machines tournament champion.
The 24-year-old, who represents Sandygate’s Hakuda Gym, made the step up to B class for the competition despite having just two bouts and less than two years experience under her belt.
But the talented Thai fighter made the most of the experience, beating much more accomplished opponent Lauren Humphrey (Phoenix Thai) in the 50kg Ladies category. But the most remarkable result arrived in the final where she beat English title holder Emma Bragg.
“I felt extremely honoured to even be considered for the tournament,” said Alexis. “It was a massive confidence boost that the promoters had faith in my ability to step up to the challenge and compete with girls with way more experience. “I was deemed as the ‘wild card’. It was very demanding and a long day and although I was not happy with my performance in the final, I beat the English title holder after having only two previous fights and was crowned the First Fighting machines tournament champion, so I guess I can’t complain.”
Other fighters representing Hakuda included Duncan Stewart who fought on the Main Event, one of the biggest Thai boxing shows in the country. The 28-year-old put on an amazing show but the final decision was a draw.
Burnley’s Elliott Maxwell, 19, recently lost his 59kg contest though Colne’s Mickey Feeney, 22, confidently reigned supreme in his first 72kg bout. Elsewhere, 17-year-old Ben Moore recorded a unanimous triumph in a 59kg fight at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds.
Owner and trainer of the gym, Dave Burley, said: “Hakuda Gym is newly established in comparison to most Thai boxing gyms and after only two years is already making a name for itself on the Thai boxing circuit.
“I’m extremely happy with the progression of my fighters and can’t stress my enthusiasm for the increased popularity of this small gym. Hakuda is making a big name, producing some talented fighters.”
Hakuda Gym, which is open every week day from 7 p.m. until 8-30 p.m. with women only classes from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as Saturdays from 11 a.m. until noon, is looking for local businesses to sponsor the gym or one of its fighters.