Albury Muay Thai fighters claim 2 titles

ALBURY Muay Thai fighter Drew Quirk has claimed the Australian World Kickboxing Association welterweight title.

Quirk won the title with an unanimous five-round decision over Geelong’s Kyle Sferco at the SS & A Club in Albury on Saturday night.

Quirk, who fights out of Synergy Training Centre under Simon Ward, won a tough encounter after dropping Sferco in the second round.

“It was a tough, close fight,” Ward said.

“Drew caught Kyle with a jumping elbow to the head late in the second round.

“But to Kyle’s credit he didn’t throw in the towel and kept fighting to the end.”

Quirk now has a record of six wins and a draw from 11 fights.

The 18-fight event attracted 600 people, with seven titles up for grabs.

Karlie Hodkin, also from Albury, took out the WKA mod Thai NSW title after a unanimous five-round decision over Sam Morton.

Other locals to win their fights were Pete Shannon and Pat Middleton.

Shannon, who weighed in at 96 kilograms, scored a technical knockout against the much heavier Ben Howitt, who tipped the scales at 177 kilograms.

The event is set to be aired on Fox Sports early in the new year.

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