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Sunday, 26 November 2017 12:32 am

‘No thinking about anything else when you fight’

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ANGUS Lindsey enjoys the honesty of the fight.

“Just being two guys fighting and kicking, staring at each other, I like the straight up action, there is nowhere to hide,” says the Muay Thai kick-boxer.

Lindsey (below) chose to take up his choice of sport five years ago.

“I was working part time at Countdown and was watching dvd’s on internet of fights UFC [mixed martial arts] freestyle fighting. I was overweight and wanted to tone up with fights to pass time.”

When the Wellingtonian is not fighting or training he studies criminology and sociology at Victoria University.

Lindsey, 23, has been training hard for the past six to eight weeks leading up to his most recent bout.

400pxangusHe eats lots of salads and protein in the days leading up to the fight.

He fought Matt Sutherland in Saturdays’ Capital Punishment,  an event organised by Muay Thai Wellington.

Lindsey beat Sutherland unanimously and his trainer and organiser Mark Hampton said Lindsey is now ranked fourth in his weight group in New Zealand in full Thai rules.

The young men are fighting each other, but there is great respect involved Lindsey says.

“I love it, you walk in the ring and you’re scared, but you are prepared.

“You can’t just take someone down if you get punched in the face. You have to figure out the problem and solve the problem.”

Lindsey says the sport is important to him.

“Main thing I really like is that I am placed in the moment.

“There is no thinking about anything else. There is no thinking about bills, or what your girlfriend said the other day, just in the moment right now.

“That is probably the best feeling,” he says.

Muay Thai, referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight points of contact.

In comparison, boxing uses two points (fists) and other combat sports use four points,  (hands and feet).

Trainer Hampton says there are no nationals, just champions.

“Only people in the top five can fight the champion in a one-off fight to see who is best.”

Thai boxing draws a mix of people fighting and the audience of 800 on Saturday also included people from all walks of life. Many were supporting their preferred contestant.

As one members of the crowd said: “Every fighter is well mannered gentleman”.

There was a real sense of what he meant in the arena.

Lindsey said the win felt amazing. He overcame injuries and the flu and he says he got through some personal struggles.

“Just to get in there is a mission. Winning is just the icing on the cake.”

 

 

 

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