The National, Friday, 27th May 2011
NEW kid on the block, Wainoba Daniel from the Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay, has won the hearts of the kickboxing fraternity in Australia and Papua New Guinea following his debut fight over the weekend.
Daniel challenged Shannon Dally in the 3×2 minutes PNG against Australia challenge in Sydney, to force a draw.
Promoter of the fight in Sydney Tim Drury said Daniel seemed unfit but had the techniques to demonstrate how capable he was against his opponent throughout the encounter.
In the opening round, Daniel showing his prowess and Dally had to dig deep to match his opponent, who continued to cause a few surprises to the excitement of the crowd.
However, Dally got the better of his PNG opponent knocking him down. But after eight counts, Daniel recovered to complete his fight.
It re-ignited Daniel’s spirit and gave him to edge which saw him knocking his Australian opponent in the third and final round.
He also recovered after count eight forcing the match into a draw.
Drury said it would have been a good fight if Daniel was fit because he seemed to in control and could have won the match easily.
PNG Kickboxing Association president Stanley Nandex said he was impressed with the Milne Bay youngster’s performance.
“This is his first international tournament in kickboxing. He started his career three years ago.
“However, he has shown that he is capable of competing in this semi-professional showdown, a big bonus for the youngster,” Nandex said.