Wollongong's Notley takes Muay Thai title

Khrop Khrua Muay Thai has produced another champion after UOW student Sean Notley won the vacant WMC state 61-kilogram lightweight title.

Notley trains at the Downtown/Shidoshi gymnasium in Wollongong under the guidance of trainer Danny Jones.

He defeated Daniel Douglas by  unanimous decision in their five-round contest at Penrith Paceway last week.

Jones said Notley  was originally down to fight a three-round undercard bout.

‘‘Sean had trained hard over the last month leading into the bout when on short notice we were informed his opponent had withdrawn due to illness,’’ Jones said yesterday.

‘‘The promoter Jason Lapin then asked if we would be willing to fill the main fight on the card for the WMC state lightweight title against Daniel Douglas, which we accepted.

‘‘So Sean was now fighting five rounds full Thai rules for the vacant strap.

‘‘Both boys looked very fit for this fight.’’

Douglas slightly shaded Notley in the first round but the second was hard to split, with Douglas connecting with a jumping knee that caught Notley hard in the ribs, causing a fracture.

Both competitors fought well in rounds three and four with Notley’s more dominant clinching work, some solid head shots and great hand and leg combinations giving him the advantage.

Notley was on top of Douglas, outscoring him in all aspects to completely dominate the fifth and final round.

‘‘It was a fantastic performance as this was Sean’s first fight for over 10months  after numerous pull-outs and promoters being unable to match him on previous shows this year, and the fact that he fought three rounds with a fractured rib and the fight being changed two days before the event,’’ Jones said.

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