LOCAL fighters Nick Martin and Chad McGillick will face some of the biggest fights of their lives this Saturday.
Martin will be fighting for a national title and McGillick for a state title at the Next Generation fight promotion at Central Coast Leagues Club.
The night will host state, national and international fighters competing in mixed martial arts and Thaiboxing.
Nowra’s Nick “The Butcher” Martin will compete in the 69 kilogram light middle weight Muay Thai division against Charlie Bubb in his first national title fight.
“I have pretty good endurance. I am a little bit shorter than him, but a little bit more powerful as well,” he said.
“I have been training hard and have really amped it up this last six weeks.”
The 26-year-old said he has always been interested in martial arts ever since he was younger.
“I started boxing at the PCYC but I decided I was good at kicking so I joined here (Southern Fitness and Martial Arts). Now I have been doing this style for eight or nine years,” he said.
Martin is a butcher by trade and won an Australian title three years ago for butchery.
He hopes to match this success in fighting.
“I was really only after a state title, but I got asked to do the Aussie, so I thought I would take it,” he said.
“I am always nervous, but I am happy with my training and preparation. I have done a lot of work, so what more could I do really?”
“I just wanted to thank all the guys who helped out at the gym, Mountain Side Meats at Shoalhaven Heads, and my partner Chloe. She does everything for me and I can’t thank her enough.”
Southern Fitness and Martial Arts full-time instructor Chad McGillick will be competing for a state title in the 62 kilogram super lightweight division.
He will come up against Blake Edward.
McGillick said he has only seen his opponent fight one and knows he is powerful and works hard.
“But I think my chances are good. I want the win of course,” McGillick said.
“My strengths are that I’m an all-rounder, but my punching and clinching with my knees would have to be my strongest points.”
It will be the third state title McGillick will be up for.
In September, 2011 he won a state title through a TKO in the third round.
But in March, 2012 he only went one round before he suffered a few broken ribs against a professional opponent from Western Australia.
“I am 34 now so probably only have one more year of fighting. I would like to get this one and next year look for an Aussie title. Then whether I get that or not, I think it will be time to stop fighting and focus on training fighters,” he said.
McGillick thanked his sponsors ICU Security Cameras, RMD Automotive, and Kitchens and Bathrooms Rock.