WARRNAMBOOL Muay Thai fighter Lachlan Dart will return to the ring on Saturday night.
Dart comes up against Stuart Grant in the 67-kilogram class in Melbourne.
The three two-minute- round battle is one of 16 on the Road to Rebellion 3 fight card.
Dart, 21, trains at Spartan Combat Systems under coach David Gibb.
Gibb said Dart was well prepared for the fight, his first in 12 months and seventh overall.
“He is fighting at a high level because it’s full Thai, which means elbows and knees,” he said.
“I am really looking forward to this and I think he is going to do really well.
“What is going to hold Lachlan in good stead is his work ethic.
“Over the last 12 months, but in particular the last eight weeks, he has really stepped up and does everything he has been told, which makes him easy to coach.”
Gibb said Grant would provide stiff opposition.
“They have about the same experience,” he said.
“He (Lachlan) is definitely a chance.The guy he’s fighting is no pushover but we think he’ll be fine.”
Dart, who trains six days a week, said he was excited to return to the ring and felt his preparation gave him every chance to win.
He has one win from his first six bouts, which have come in weight categories ranging from 63 to 67 kilograms.
“I am looking forward to trying the stuff I have been working on in the last year at Gibbo’s: better footwork, tighter guard and moving better,” Dart said.
Gibb said Dart would have plenty of support, with a group of 10 from the south-west travelling for the fight.