TERI fighter Andrew McAuley is ready to get a real kick out of tonight’s mixed martial arts showcase.
And on the receiving end will be Manchester’s Jack Drabble.
The 32-year-old learned his trade as a kickboxer over the years but turned his attentions to MMA when show promoter Darren Johnstone launched the Twindragons club in the town.
And ahead of his debut fight, he said he can’t wait to get started.
“I used to kickbox and I’d been into it since I was young, but mixed martial arts was something I always wanted to do. When Darren brought the classes to Hawick I joined in and now I’m looking forward to my first fight,” he said
McAuley was scheduled to star at a show in Sunderland six months ago but was forced to withdraw after suffering a fractured foot. However, he is fully recovered and has been joining the Hawick competitors in training six days a week ahead of tomorrow night’s event.
He added: “Training has been really tough, especially for the last nine weeks, but I’m ready to go now.”
The Battle in the Borders event will see the town hall transformed with the installation of a 23-foot cage in what has been billed as an exciting evening of cage boxing, K1 rule-style kickboxing and mixed martial arts.
Local fighters have been put through their paces by ex-Marine Neil Davidson, from Selkirk. Carlisle-based Johnstone, who himself is preparing to enter the cage to take on heavyweight Matty ‘The Bootle Beast’ Grant, said: “His no-nonsense approach to training has brought us all to a new level of fitness and understanding of how the human body copes under extreme pressures.”
Other fights on the bill include: Craig Johnstone (Twindragons MMA) v James Millar (TNT Dundee/Borders Cross Combat); Stuart Davies (Twindragons MMA) v Cameron Rodgie (Borders Cross Combat); Liam Hush (Twindragons MMA) v Andrew Bond (Borders Cross Combat) and Jacek Zwizchlewski (Twindragons MMA) v Steve Galloway (Birkenhead).
While British welterweight champion Andy Plimmer is putting his title on the line against journeyman Michael Ord, from Nottingham.
There are still a limited number of tickets available from Darren on 07584 043412 and from Headz Up hairdressers.
Doors open at 5.30pm.