19 year old Papua New Guinean Muay Thai fighter based in Brisbane Australia settled his fears after knocking out his more experienced opponent Bailey Probert in a tightly contested fight to claim the win in his fifth fight at the Banana Bender Pub Sunshine Coast.
“This was one of my toughest fights ever. I had to be on high alert during this fight as my opponent Bailey was taller and used his height to his advantage”, said Joshua Lester.
Joshua said his opponent was an experienced fighter who won five of his six fights so far but was unfortunate enough to lose his seventh fight to Joshua.
“I knew that he is an experienced fighter, so I had to be on my toes to win this fight”, said Joshua.
Fighting in front of over one hundred people, Joshua was able to win his fight using angles and aggression and with lessons and skills that he was taught by his trainer, Masato Fujimori and overall trainer from the Iron Fist Gym Daniel Bell.
Joshua is left with a sore and bruised right shin and a swollen nose from an elbow attack he received from his opponent during the fight.
“Injuries and bruises are prone to happen so to me it is normal”, added Joshua.
Muay Thai, or sometimes referred to as ‘Thai boxing’ is a Martial Art and combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques known as the ‘art of eight limbs’ as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees and shins.
Joshua joined the Muay Thai under the Iron Fist Gym early last year and so far he has won four of his five matches so far.
His next fight will be scheduled sometime in July this year.