Fighting for glory in Kingaroy kickboxing competition

SOME of the best fighters in Australia will face off in Kingaroy next year for a day of high impact kickboxing.

The town will host its first kickboxing tournament in February, with some of the sport's big stars scheduled to attend.

Kickboxing enthusiast Geoff French said there was a small but growing martial arts community in the South Burnett.

"Our style is a mixed martial arts," French said.

"We became involved with an organisation called WAKO (World Association of Kickboxing) we came on the map for them."

When WAKO organisers saw a martial arts tournament French organised in the South Burnett, it was suggested as place for an elite kickboxing competition.

Top-tier fighters will compete in the event which will be held at the Kingaroy Town Hall on February 13.

A total of 30 fighters will face off in 15 bouts, with the elite fighters taking the ring in the evening.

One of the star attractions is state champion Liam Badger who will fight in one of the main events.

Spectators should be set for an exhilarating but brutal exhibition that will showcase some of the sport's elite fighters.

"Some people see it as brutal, other people like seeing that sort of thing," he said.

"I would expect some carnage on the night."

WAKO Australia president Francis McArdle said Badger would be worth the ticket price alone.

"He will be going for an oceanic title so it's going to be a good fight," McArdle said.

Tickets sales and prices will be announced within the next few weeks.

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