Published: 21/03/2012 12:30 - Updated: 29/03/2012 12:05

Leona makes it a first for club

Leona Taylor in action.
Leona Taylor in action.

LOCAL MUAY Thai boxer Leona Taylor Ramsay has become the first woman to represent her Kingussie based club in a competitive bout.

Ramsay fought in a five round class C 59kg fight at an event known as "Hostile Intentions" in the Dalziel Suite in Motherwell on Saturday.

It was Ramsay's first fight after training with the Badenoch club, Clan Muay Thai, for the past year.

She produced a great display of boxing taking her more experienced opponent, Debbie Gallacher, the full five rounds. There were no knock downs but Ramsay showed some powerful punching.

Gallacher was awarded the points decision but it was a great performance from Ramsay, who showed an attacking style of Thai boxing throughout all the rounds.

Two car loads of supporters travelled from Badenoch and Strathspey to support her.

In her corner during the contest were Clan Muay Thai fighter, Neil Sanderson, and the club's coach, Bob Murdoch.

Speaking after the fight, Mr Murdoch said: "I am pleased with Leona's performance. I have seen her technique improve greatly over the year she has been training with me.

"Although Leona lost on points, it was a fantastic experience for her and she knows what areas of her fight game she has to work on.

"I am confident if she keeps training hard she will earn a future victory."

Anyone who would be interested in Thai Boxing classes can attend at the Badenoch Centre in Kingussie on Monday or Wednesday evenings.

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