Cairns Muay Thai fighter Caleb Nissen says he is primed for his first shot at a gold medal on the world stage.
The 11-year-old will touch down in Antalya, Turkey, today for the International Federation of Muay Thai Associations (IFMA) Youth World Championships, to be held from September 28-October 6.
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Nissen said he was ready to test himself against the world’s best fighters in his division.
“I want to see how us Australians do against all the other countries and try and bring back the gold for Australia and the gym,” he said.
“I’ve been training in and out of the gym almost every day. I usually do three or four days of training a week but because I’m training for a big fight I’ve been doing five days a week.”
Nissen fights out of DF GYM’s The Fight Academy, where he is coached by Patrick Doherty.
Doherty, a former two-time Australian Muay Thai champion, said his charge had “a really good shot” at taking out his division.
“It would be the first world championship for the gym,” Doherty said.
“We’re looking forward to watching the stream. We’ll probably get in the gym and watch him on the TV with our Team Nissen shirts on and hopefully see him do really well.
“Win, lose or draw we’ll be proud, but his goal is to win the gold, so we’re backing him.”
Nissen’s father, Derryn, said Caleb had always given everything “110 per cent”.
“You don’t have to argue with him to get him to training,” he said. “He’s very dedicated.”
Originally published as Caleb targets a gold for gym and country