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Announcing NZMF Black Glove, NZ representative, in the 81Kg Mens Elite Class


Mike Makatea-Leylander

Mike has been training Muaythai for the past 7 years at Assassins Muay Thai based in Whanganui.


What inspired you to start training in Muaythai?

I always loved fighting. Me and my brother always talked about fighting in the ring, after my brother died from suicide, 6 months of depression and bad choices I decided to train, get fit and someday fight. I’ve been hooked ever since my first fight 7 years ago. Muaythai saved my life. Muaythai os more than a hobby it’s a lifestyle.


Achievements to date:

2 x NZ IKBF FTR Light Middleweight Title

NOA3 4MAN Champion


Who are your favourite fighters?

Stylebender, Raymond Dekkers, Liam Harrison, Raymond Daniels, Melvin Manhoef, Antz Nansen, Tyrone Spong, Saenchai, Nieky Holzken


What do you want to get out of attending the 2019 IFMA World Championships?

I’m in it to represent; myself, my team, my family and my country.


What Inspires / Motivates you?

My family. Those who are here and who have passed on. Constant learning, evolving and testing myself mentally and physically.


Trade by day, Fighter by night.

Plumber, Gas-fitter, Drain Laying apprentice for Plumber Dan LTD.


#ifmawc #blackgloves #NZMF #muaythai_nz #ifmamuaythai

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