The National, Tuesday, May 17, 2011
KICKBOXER and recently inducted Muay Thai exponent Lee Henry Garap, 28, is hoping that back to back wins in two professional bouts over the next month will earn him a coveted place in Australia’s premier Muay Thai boxing show Evolution Promotions.
The 28-year-old contends that it will be a difficult proposition to take on fighters in the lightweight (66kg) division but is confident he can reach his goal of securing an Evolution contract.
Currently, training with former opponent Bruce McFee – they fought a gruelling four-rounder in 2009 which McFee won via stoppage – Garap said he would need to score impressive victories in his upcoming fights.
Brisbane-based kickboxing legend MacFee, also known as “The Preacher”, is attached to Corporate Box, a fight promotion firm that Garap will be under for his two bouts.
Garap’s first assignment in the ring is on Friday when he participates in a full Muay Thai tag team event.
The unusual configuration is somewhat like a wrestling tag team contest where fighters team up and fight other pairings.
Garap (43-4-1, 35KO) will likely be paired off with Corporate Box fighter Matt Buni.
Garap, who left yesterday for Brisbane, said he had been training consistently under the tutelage licensed Muay Thai instructor Michael Chui in Port Moresby and was looking forward to the first bout.
He will then fight on the undercard of the “Rumble at the Metro” on June 4.
The show will be headlined by a WKBF world light middleweight (72.3kg) title bout between McFee and New Zealand’s Prince Hamid.
A win here for Garap against an as yet unnamed opponent will see the 40-fight veteran get a step closer to making the big time on the Australian kickboxing circuit.