15 August, 2022
Locals set for elite fight series
LOCAL fighters from Black Dog Muay Thai will once again test their mettle as they step into the ring to compete in the Elite Fight Series in Cairns on Saturday.
Hosted at the Fred Moule Exhibition Centre, the fight series will bring together top-class fighters from across Queensland, with Black Dog Muay Thai sending in two of their fighters.
Michael Quintieri will have his second muay thai bout against Jace Schafer, coming off a tough win in his debut fight some months ago.
Black Dog Muay Thai owner and head trainer Daniel Grant will also be stepping into the ring to face off against Bernard Temu in a pro fight.
Grant said the support from both the club and wider community in the lead-up to the weekend has been amazing.
Some members have been coming into Furious Fitness to hold mitts and pads for both Grant and Quinteri during their training.
“The preparation has been really good, Michael is here on the bag, he is dedicated he puts in the work before and after class,” he said.
“I am really privileged to have been able to make the decision to be in the gym fulltime, so I have more time to train myself and train the fighters more during class time.
“I am as usual a mixture of anxious and excited, fighting is a hell of an emotional thing.”
Quintieri has been incredibly dedicated to his training and fitness in preparation for Saturday, running in the morning as often as he can and coming straight from work to the gym to practice nearly every day.
“I feel my preparation has been alright, it is a big thing to take on a fight,” he said.
“Work does get in the way but I try to get in here every day at least, in here for two hours or an hour.
“I feel good, prepared and ready to go.”
Doors open to the centre at 5pm with the first fight set to kick off at 6pm.