WARRNAMBOOL brothers Tristan and Lachlan Dart have delivered South West Muay Thai its first fight victories.
The emerging fighters claimed the honours in their respective three-round bouts as part of an 11-fight showcase at Shepparton’s Goulburn Valley Hotel on Saturday night.
Tristan, 20, enjoyed a unanimous points decision against Numurkah’s Aldrin Rore in a 68-kilogram modified Thai bout on debut.
Lachlan, 19, was similarly dominant in defeating Melbourne’s Rob Kalcic in a 64kg full Thai bout.
The two wins, the brothers’ first in the ring, have hinted at bigger things to come in the physical, and at times brutal, martial arts sport.
Coach Darren Pearce said he was rapt with the breakthrough triumph for the academy, which operates out of Warrnambool’s Punch On gym.
He said Tristan appeared nervous in the first round before settling into the bout.
“The guy he fought threw some massively wild punches, huge stuff, which hit Tristan a few times and rocked him a bit,” he said.
“But Tristan, with his skills and technique, overran the guy pretty easily.
“The nerves got him in the first round. He was very nervous. He blew up pretty quickly.
“But he managed to keep his cool and come back.”
Pearce said Lachlan, who had a handful of fights under his belt before Saturday night, “fought an unbelievable fight” against a more experienced opponent.
He said Kalcic threw elbows in the first round, before the Warrnambool teen turned the tables.
“He said ‘when that elbow hit me I thought that’s what they feel like when they land and I thought you got this one but I’m going to give one back’,” Pearce said.
“And later in the fight he did land a beautiful spinning elbow.
He used his elbow really well, did a lot of jumping elbows on the guy’s head.
“I was surprised he didn’t cut the guy open.”
Pearce said he wanted Tristan to have another fight in about three weeks’ time, before his prospect honed his skills in Thailand later this year.
He said he wanted Lachlan to feature at Rebellion IV, a fight night in November which claims to be “Melbourne’s premier muay Thai event”.
“Who knows? We might get a call to go interstate to fill a card. We’ve got to keep our options open,” he said.