Staff member and personal trainer Richard Rees (pictured) recently won his 4th professional Muay Thai boxing match at an event in Birmingham.
Richard, who belongs to Oxford Martial Arts Academy, fought David Johnson (WPT Wales) over five 90 second rounds and was awarded victory by unanimous points decision.
This was his 4th professional fight but, was taking part in his first bout for 2 years and was understandably nervous,
“I didn’t want to let him control the fight as I knew he was stockier than me and I thought he would try and land some heavy punches.
As I have the reach I used my range and kicks, which score higher than punches, off the back foot and I picked him off.
I was very pleased I fought such an intelligent and technical fight after a two year break!
To top it off one of referees commented after he had me down as winning each round which is a massive compliment.”
The victory takes his record to 3 wins and 1 loss and on his future prospects Richard commented,
“I will take direction from my new coach at Oxford MAA and hopefully look to fight again in August or September but it all depends if I move up in the rankings and who he can match me against.
I am really happy how it went and I wouldn’t want to rush into anything more for now. Preparing for a match takes a lot of effort and I need a small break and to concentrate on my clients!”
Oxford University Sport staff Danny Haining and Tom Greenwood joined Richard’s girlfriend to cheer from ringside and Richard wanted to thank them and all our members for their support.
Richard, a 1st class Sports Science honours graduate from Leeds Metropolitan is a qualified personal trainer and available to help you reach your fitness goals.
Visit his website at Total Personal Training