Sport

Ready to rumble

FIGHT NIGHT: Mackay boxers Andrew Keogh (left) and Billy ‘The Kid’ Degoumois will shape up at the MECC tonight.
FIGHT NIGHT: Mackay boxers Andrew Keogh (left) and Billy ‘The Kid’ Degoumois will shape up at the MECC tonight. Peter Holt

THE comeback kid will go head to head with Billy the Kid in a night of hard-hitting Muay Thai boxing action.

Mackay boy Andrew Keogh has flown back to his home town for tonight's bout, which will be held at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre.

The 34-year-old made it clear to his opponents that he hadn't lost his will to fight tough when he won his comeback match on the Sunshine Coast recently.

The gruelling sport allows opponents to kick, elbow, punch and wrestle in five three-minute rounds of fighting.

Keogh stepped up his strict training regime in preparation, but said this style of fighting was as much of a mental mind game as it was as a physical battle.

"You have to be mentally tough," the former Mackay State High School student said yesterday.

"As much as our trainers try to build us up, they try to break us as well."

Keogh said it was rare for a fighter to walk from the ring uninjured, and overcoming the pain barrier was one of the hardest parts of this style of fighting.

"Even when you are hurt you need to have your poker face on and just keep going," he said.

Meanwhile, Billy 'The Kid' Degoumois touched down in Mackay yesterday morning feeling strong and injury-free.

He was given his name by his first trainer because of his sharpshooting attitude in the ring.

He said he was looking forward to going head to head with Keogh for the first time.

"I have been working on building up my strength... I am looking forward to a good fight... I hope the crowd will get right behind us," he said. Tickets for tonight's big fight can be purchased through the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre or at the door.

Topics:  muay thai


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Growers urged to adapt to changing climate

Horticultural industries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Photo: Growcom.

Climate change poses severe risk to horticulture industry.

Sports clubs' water rates discount extended

The Biloela Panthers' field at Rainbow St. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Clubs at two sports grounds will receive a 40% discount.

Mayor urges drought-affected farmers to contact Department

Banana Shire mayor Nev Ferrier is urging drought-affected farmers to contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to have their properties individually drought-declared. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Individual properties can still be drought-declared.

Latest deals and offers

Callide Dawson businesses form Chamber of Commerce

The first region-wide Chamber of Commerce was officially formed at a meeting at the Biloela RSL last week.

Growers urged to adapt to changing climate

Horticultural industries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Photo: Growcom.

Climate change poses severe risk to horticulture industry.

Sports clubs' water rates discount extended

The Biloela Panthers' field at Rainbow St. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Clubs at two sports grounds will receive a 40% discount.

Mayor urges drought-affected farmers to contact Department

Banana Shire mayor Nev Ferrier is urging drought-affected farmers to contact the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to have their properties individually drought-declared. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Individual properties can still be drought-declared.

Moura woman still recovering after head-on collision

Tracey Lisle's car on the night of the crash. Photo: Contributed.

Vehicle was parked when another car veered off-road.

Jump in orphaned joeys down to the dry

An injured kangaroo is looked after at the Biloela Veterinary Clinic. Photo Andrew Thorpe / Central Telegraph

Wildlife service blames drought as more kangaroos hit by cars.

Caitlyn Shadbolt, Sara Storer join Gympie Muster bill

Caitlyn Shadbolt performs at CMC Rocks in March 2016.

AWARD-winning singers star in third line-up announcement.

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Billy Slater talks Origin Team

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater.

Queensland Origin great Billy Slater talks about this years team and his return to...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked