MUAY Thai instructor Jared Hansen learned a lesson of his own as he returned to the ring for the first time in more than 11 years.
The Kingaroy man fought against Brisbane' Sam Clarkson at the Rumble in the Ridge show in Acacia Ridge at the weekend.
After three two-minute rounds Hansen, 30, won by a unanimous decision.
"The biggest thing for me was to see if I still had the same fight in me," Hansen said.
Hansen answered his own question with a wild first round which had Clarkson on the back foot.
"I went silly in the first round," he said.
"I was winging it.
"But in the second I was wrecked."
After fatigue kicked in Hansen dropped his guard and suffered some hits but was carried through by his elevated adrenaline levels.
"Nothing he threw hurt me, I was checking all of his kicks," he said.
"None of them really did anything, they just slowed me down."
Despite Hansen's best counter offensive effort he could not beat Clarkson's physique.
"He had a concrete chin on him," he said.
"I couldn't knock him out."
In the final round, Hansen had to muster his strength and weigh up the reward of all the hours spent training beforehand.
Two minutes of exhaustion was worth it all as Hansen's hands were lifted by the referee and he was appointed the winner.
Hansen said his fight revealed he needed to work on his guard.
"I think the only guard I had was my mouthguard," he said.
"And I need to work on my grappling and my clinch work.
"I need to learn it all again."
After an 11-year hiatus, Hansen said he would continue to work on his form to become the best he can.
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