Battle by the Bay to bring Muay Thai fighters to Cleveland

MUAY Thai fighters will come to the Redlands for the Battle by the Bay future champions series with an international fight.

Australia’s WBC champion Chelsea Hackett and Italy’s champion Emily Wahby will battle it out for the WBC lightweight international title on August 18.

The event will be held at Cleveland Showground Stadium on Smith Street with doors opening at 4.30pm for a 5.30pm start for the first fight.

Fighters Albert Tu’ua and Tyson Harrison will compete for the  WBC Under 18 Lightweight and Jemma Byard and Bek Scacheri will compete for the WBC Queensland Super Featherweight.

Other bouts will include local Billy Aitkin against Luke Lynch for the official eliminator for the Queensland WBC light heavyweight title and Chris Yeo against Darcu Nunan.

Cleveland girl Danica Smith will also be making her debut on the night.

Co-organiser Warren Westerberg said the event had been held at Cleveland for the past eight years.

“It’s one of the premier Muay Thai shows in Australia,” he said.

“This is the first time in Australia that a WBC international title for women has been contested and having a fighter being flown in from Europe to compete.

“It’s a great achievement to have a Gold Coast woman, Chelsea Hackett, coming to Cleveland to compete for the title.”

Mr Westerbeg said the competition attracts hundreds of people to watch the sport each year.

“We have a lot of support from local businesses and groups like Redlands Martial Arts who have been part of the event since the very beginning,” he said.

Funds raised from raffles and prizes will go towards a community group.

For ticket information call 0418 737 061.