by Chris Tobin
Timaru has an up-and-coming kickboxer.
AJ Foster (14), a Timaru Boys’ High School pupil, claimed the junior 63.5kg Aotearoa Muay Thai Association title recently.
It was his second national title having vacated his 47.6kg weight division title earlier in the year after a growth spurt.
In his latest title bout Foster took on defending champion Lfah Trego (15), who fights out of a small gym at Whatuwhiwhi on the East Coast of the North Island.
Trego came south to Timaru with his national title belt on the line.
“He was very experienced with 27 fights; it was my sixth fight,” Foster said.
“He looked quite scary, but after we started he was not as hard as I thought he would be.”
The fight was over five two-minute rounds and Foster said he won four of them.
He attributed the win to his kicks and sweeps.
The fight was held at Foster’s home gym, Lucky Nine at Washdyke.
Under coach Scott Tweedie he trained six days a week, with sparring, pad work drills, fitness and hill sprints on Thursdays.
“They train so hard and twice on Saturdays,” Foster’s mother Rima Foster said.
“A lot of hours go into it. It’s hard work.”