Clark turns corner with TKO
GYMPIE'S own Muay Thai kickboxing champ and K6 Fight n Fitness owner Billy the Kid Degoumois can see an up-and-coming champion in local fighter Jesse James Clark.
Clark had a technical knockout win in front of a 350 person-strong crowd after a three-round fight at Maroochydore's Sands Tavern on Saturday.
Trained by Degoumois, he took the win courtesy of a round-ending rib kick on opponent Paul Jamison of Core Strength Fitness.
Aside from the strength and skill Clark has been building for the past few years with Degoumois, his ability to listen to his trainer's guidance between rounds showed Clark was focused on making the win happen.
"He did a really good job and listened well in the corner in between rounds.
"[Clark] went back in and really started hurting him and finished it off with a rib kick," Degoumois said.
Degoumois said the 68kg super welterweight has been training for some time and is starting to come into his own, despite a few losses in recent times.
He said the young fighter should take some confidence from the win.
"He will move forward from here," he said.
He said the 17-year-old is doing well, especially seeing he's fighting much more experienced fighters in his weight division.
Plans for Clark are to work towards claiming titles, and his next bout is set for around eight weeks' time, when Degoumois holds a fight night at his Hall Rd gym.
"We'll save Jesse for that," Degoumois said.
Degoumois famously claimed his world title at the Gympie Showgrounds in 2009, and now dedicates much of his time to training up the next generation of local fighters.
He said he will enlist as many local fighters as he can for the much-anticipated fight night, and reminded locals that K6 Fight n Fitness Gym is always looking for new members, male and female, whether for fight training or fitness.