Gloves are off for muay thai fighters

Gatis Vickers and Liam Hush are ready to put up a fight at tomorrow's night's Muay Thai boxing event
Gatis Vickers and Liam Hush are ready to put up a fight at tomorrow's night's Muay Thai boxing event

TWO Hawick teenagers are hoping to get a kick out of competing tomorrow night as they prepare for a bumper bill of Muay Thai boxing at the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels.

Liam Hush and Gatis Vickers have been training hard for the event, which is being presented by the Scottish Muay Thai Council.

For 18-year-old Liam it will be his debut bout in the sport, but it is one he is looking forward to immensely.

He told the Hawick News this week: “Muay Thai is getting really popular and there was a good show at the Volunteer Hall a year ago. It was a sell-out and this one looks like being the same so there should be a great atmosphere.

“I must admit, it’s all new to me, but I can’t wait to get into the ring.

“I’m nervous and excited. As it’s my first fight I haven’t a clue how I’ll get on, but I’m hoping to do well.”

Liam, who first got into Muay Thai after a friend spotted a poster at Think Fitness, is coached by Toby Douglas, both at the O’Connell Street gym and in Galashiels.

He added: “Fitness is very important and I train as much as I can. It’s hard work, but you’ve got to put it in and I’ve learned a lot from my coach Toby.

Former kick-boxer Gatis has had two previous fights. But although the 16-year-old is yet to chalk up a victory, he’s hoping to put that right tomorrow night.

He said: “Muay Thai is a growing sport and there will be boxers from all over the country fighting at Galashiels.

“I’ve had two fights already and I’ve yet to get a win, but I’m hoping to change that on Saturday.

“My first fight was at Darlington, which was my opponent’s home town and that made it extra hard for me. He was also a champion and was more experienced than me. Although I lost, I enjoyed the fight.”

“My second fight was in Edinburgh, so this will be the first time that I’ve fought in the Borders and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’m up against a boy from Glasgow and it will be tough, but I’ll be trying my best to get my first win.”