Spencer leaves rival shattered
GYMPIE kickboxer Tyrone Spencer, nicknamed T-Rex, stomped all over an opponent from Cook Town in Hervey Bay a fortnight ago.
Stepping into the ring for only his second fight, Spencer was in a fearless mood, winning by way of a unanimous points decision.
The win impressed trainer Billy Degoumois, who had been putting Spencer through his paces in preparation for the fight.
“Tyrone ended up punishing his opponent,” Degoumois said. “It was a good tough fight for him.”
Spencer was determined before landing the first kick after his debut in the ring produced a contentious loss.
Losing to an opponent by the barest of margins, Spencer couldn’t believe the result when he was declared the loser.
Barely scathed, his opponent was dripping in blood and had appeared to have suffered more during the bout.
“It was a disappointing result and (the opponent) was in front of a home crowd, so that may have been a factor,” Degoumois said. “But you get that and you just have to move on.”
Instead of dwelling on the disappointment, Spencer used the bitter blow to fuel his determination.
“It made him even keener to do better and work harder,” Degoumois said.
In the fight itself, the opening round was evenly matched. By the end, however, Spencer was beginning to earn the upper hand as he settled into a rhythm.
A quick chat with Degoumois between rounds ironed out problems in Spencer’s tactics.
“The opponent was not blocking Tyrone’s kicks very well, so that was a big weakness,” Degoumois said.
In the second round, Spencer lifted his aggression and landed a number of brutal kicks.
Two eight counts were placed on the Cook Town fighter and at one point, he was about to topple over when the bell sounded for the end of the round, buying the languishing kickboxer time.
Spencer came out firing in the final round, keen to finish off the win and place the decision beyond doubt with more devastating combinations.
Looking ahead, Spencer has no immediate plans of returning to the ring, opting to continue training before his next outing.