While Queenstown fighter Charlie Charalambides didn’t manage to bring the WKBF Muay Thai New Zealand title home with him recently, his coach Rob Horrocks is already hoping to organise a rematch.
Charalambides fought in the Youngbloods 16 show in Auckland on May 26, stepping in at short notice to face the ‘‘Strikeforce golden boy’’, Daniel Rawanga.
Horrocks says it was a close-fought match, with Charalambides dominating the clinch and finishing strong in the final rounds, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to convince the judges.
The following night, fellow Fight Science fighter Anurag Thapli fought in the Capital Punishment 63 show, in Wellington, where he faced the previously-unbeaten Hasnanen Hossain, who was coming off the back of two knock-out wins.
Horrocks says his man applied his game plan well using ‘‘slick skills and clinching to evade the aggressive power punches’’, scoring with good kicks and knees and winning on points.