After a year's hiatus from the ring because of work commitments and a season playing rugby league, Khrop Khrua Muay Thai fighter Cody Brooks will be back in action at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Sunday.
Brooks will be involved in one of the main bouts on the Warrior FC card when he fights New Zealand's Josh Heta in the heavyweight division at 95kg.
"Due to Cody basically fighting everyone in the cruiserweight division over the past two years and winning the ISKA cruiserweight South Pacific title, he has run out of opponents," trainer Danny Jones said yesterday.
"With his year off and playing league, he has increased his size and weight, especially being only 21 years old, he is maturing into a heavyweight anyway.
"So when he returned to training eight weeks ago at 105kg we decided to drop down to the heavyweight limit of 95kg and turn professional.
"Warrior FC is an exciting new promotion being held in Canberra to promote the country's top Muay Thai fighters and when we got the call to be on this show we didn't hesitate to get on board.
"Cody's opponent is an established heavyweight from New Zealand so this is going to be a good hit out at his new weight class."
In preparation, Brooks has been sparring with Illawarra boxers Mick O'Donnell and Alex Ah Tong and MMA fighter Alex Luckman.