HE MIGHT be way off competing for a heavyweight title, but Finn Turner certainly packs a punch.
At just nine years old, Turner has been showing endless promise in both boxing and Muay Thai martial arts.
Just last week he fought his second bout in Bayswater, where he defeated Ruairi Doherty, a 12-year-old from the well known boxing stable of Big Ben’s.
Although he entered the Muay Thai section in the Hammers Interclub fight, Turner was forced to pull on the boxing gloves, as there were no other Muay Thai competitors in his age bracket.
Not that it mattered, with him still winning the bout.
Dubbed as ‘Thai Finn’ at CB Fitness in Wendouree, where he trains four times a week, Turner has his sights set on representing Australia in years to come.
Trained by ex-Muay Thai champion and now head trainer at CB Fitness, Dip Muaythai, Turner had been training for more than two years under Kru Dip. Although he trains four days a week, he still manages to squeeze in football and soccer training.
CB Fitness owner Kay Hodgson said Turner was one of the most promising juniors she has ever seen.
“Finn’s fight was very smart and showed a lot of good technique and skill for his young age with many spectators commentating about his footwork and ability to understand the art of boxing,” she said.
“Finn loves training and his dedication to Muay Thai is very focused, while still maintaining the relaxed feel of Muay Thai and joking around the gym.
“The amateur association for Muay Thai runs padded competitions for 12 years and over yearly and the top kids go on to represent Australia at the International Games, which is our focus for Finn over the next few years.”