by Claudia Williams
KICKBOXING: Kyle Josai and Mick Scott will fight in the ring for the first time on Saturday night when Kingaroy plays host to club, state and national title K1 kickboxing fights.
Kyle has competed in a number of tournaments throughout the year for martial arts including the ISKA World Cup in Sydney.
He is ready to try his best in the new challenge he will face kickboxing on Saturday.
The Year 3 St John's Lutheran School student has been boxing for two years.
"I like padding up and fighting,” he said.
Kyle trains four times a week and helps the younger children in class.
"I like helping out,” he said.
Scott has been boxing forthree months after his wife encouraged him to become involved and he loves it.
"I like the self-defence part of it, being able to look after yourself and it gives you more confidence within yourself,” he said.
Scott will tick off a bucket list item when he fights on Saturday, something he has wanted to do since he was a kid.
"I'm nervous, I don't know whether I will be able to sleep between now and the fight,” he said.
Kingaroy Kickboxing has been open for one year.
Owner and instructor Geoff French is excited for the opportunity for South Burnett students to fight.
"Juniors and seniors will have their first go in the ringand they can test their skill level to see where they are at,” he said.
French said the students were well prepared and he hoped to see good fighting.
"You don't put someone in a competition unless you think they can hold their own,” he said.
"This is a sport and you want to see a game out of it
"It is very important the referee runs a good game in the centre and it is all about getting out there and having fun.”
Saturday night will also see the 2016 and 2017 world champions go head-to-head in the town hall.
Fighters will also compete for national and state titles.
"We are bringing all this to Kingaroy, there is a lot of excitement,” French said.