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Bruce ‘Preacher’ Macfie

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing, Martial Arts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, May/June 2015

2015 marks an auspicious year in the career of Bruce ‘Preacher’ Macfie. He has given two decades of his life to the sport of Muay Thai and intends to retire – once and for all – on a high note. He discusses a career as colourful as his hair with Jarrod Boyle. Continue reading

Ghot Seurnoi: Rare Breed

Posted in Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 4, 2015 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, Jan/Feb 2015

The first point of contact for the elusive Ghot Seurnoi is his trainer, Soren Mongkontong. When we spoke, I explained that I had made an appointment to interview Ghot at ten thirty the following morning.

“Don’t be silly, mate. There’s no way he’ll be awake. He’ll have been up all night on his PlayStation.” Continue reading

The Ups and Downs: ‘Bangin’ Ben Edwards and the Vicissitudes of Fate

Posted in Ben Edwards, Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, July/August 2014

The greatest careers are marked by severe vicissitudes of fate. Fight fans talk about the great clashes; Aerts and Hoost, Hunt and Sefo, Hari and Karaev. What they don’t talk about are the ups and downs a professional fighter goes through from fight to fight, like a ship that sails on a stormy sea. Continue reading

Balance: Shannon ‘Shaggy’ King

Posted in fighting, Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2014 by Jarrod Boyle

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International Kickboxer Magazine, May/June 2014

Shannon “Shaggy” King is a man whose biggest fight has been to strike the ideal balance between working and fighting. Continue reading

Jamie ‘The Official’ Stamp

Posted in Kickboxing, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle
Revenge of the beard!

Revenge of the beard!

International Kickboxer Magazine, March/April 2013

In Queensland, people grow all kinds of crazy things in their backyards. At Jamie Stamp’s house in Ormeau, it happens to be a kickboxing gym.

“It started off as a small shed down the back of the house,” says Jamie. “Since Anthony [Vella] has come along, the place has grown in leaps and bounds. It’s getting bigger and bigger! We’ve already got six of our regular fighters matched for February, and there’s fifteen or so fighters down there altogether.” Continue reading

Mark ‘The Hammer’ Castagnini

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle

Castagnini commentary

Mark Castagnini is one of the key players in Australian Thai boxing. Beginning his career as a fighter, he went through traditional martial arts before taking up Thai boxing almost by accident and discovering that it bought him to the ultimate test of his training. From there, he has been involved with developing and disseminating the sport at every level, editing International Kickboxer Magazine, working as a commentator alongside Michael Schiavello on Foxsports, promoting events and running his own martial arts academy, Hammer’s Gym. Mark spends a little time telling us about his passion for the sport, what its Australian roots are and the directions the branches are moving in. Continue reading

Michael ‘Tomahawk’ Thompson

Posted in Journalism, Kickboxing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

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Michael ‘Tomahawk Thompson has had 41 fights in the brief period he has been Thai boxing. This is all the more remarkable when you take in to account he is only 22 years old. He tells the story of a remarkable career-in-the-making to JARROD BOYLE. Continue reading

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