Gympie kickboxing victories
GYMPIE world title-holding kickboxing champion Billy Degoumois is helping to shape future champions of the sport.
With his newly opened kickboxing gym on Brisbane Road, Degoumois, a 2009 Sports Star of the Year finalist, is passing on his secrets in the fiercely competitive sport.
Two kickboxing students making great gains under Degoumois’ coaching are Beau Badior and Elliott Reen.
Badior has been training with Degoumois’ gym for only a short period of time but broke into the kickboxing scene earlier this month with a win in his first fight in Brisbane.
Stepping inside the ring at the Brisbane Broncos League Club, Badior, weighing 80 kilograms, executed a technical knockout in the third and final round against his Redcliffe opponent.
Degoumois said he was pleased with the result.
“It was a hard fight and was very close in the first few rounds, but Beau took over in the end,” he said.
“There was lots of preparation in the lead up to the fight, so Beau really deserved the result and showed what he is capable of.”
Degoumois’ second student to snare a win, Reen, triumphed a week earlier in Caloundra with a unanimous points decision.
In a close fight, Reen managed to edge ahead, drawing on his fitness and skills to contain his opponent.
“It was Elliot’s first fight after 12 months of training and his physical condition was a big part of the win,” Degoumois said.
Meanwhile, a third student, Tyrone Spencer, has also had a taste of competitive kickboxing in recent weeks, posting a split-points loss in his bout.
Although not what Spencer had in mind, the fight proved he had the building blocks to be a real contender in the future.
While Degoumois has his own lofty ambitions, his interest in passing on the skills to a new generation will help keep the sport hotly contested for years to come.