ENSURING his burgeoning belt collection continues to flourish, Orange muay thai gun Charlie Bubb isn’t afraid to face off against opponents with vastly more experienced resumes.
Tackling the 21-year-old Charlie Thompson in his latest bout, the 16-year-old High Impact fighter dominated to claim the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) Australian super welter weight crown in Canberra last month.
Winning yet another belt thanks to an unanimous points decision, Bubb said facing far greater experienced opponents was beneficial to his development in the sport.
“It’s good experience. Since they’ve got a lot more experience than me it’s good to test my skills against them and see how good I am,” Bubb said, a muay thai fighter for two years with four years training under his belt.
This year alone, Bubb has also fought a 26-year-old, and won.
“It’s a good test. I think it’s a natural sport, one that’s been contested for thousands of years and it just seems right to keep pushing,” he continued.
Bubb’s win over the Cooma-based Thompson is the young Orange star’s best to date.
“It was awesome. It was the pinnacle,” he enthused.
“That boy was considered one of the best in Australia and to beat him then and get the belt has been awesome.
“The first round we just tested each other out a lot, hit each other with a few punches, then in the second round I knocked him down and got an eight count, and from there on I controlled the fight, picking my shots and waited it out.
“In the last round I got another eight count and that really sealed it. It was unanimous points. I won every round.”
The win caps what has been a momentous year for Bubb.
Beginning 2013 with a fight for the International Sport Karate Association 64.5kg state title, that “stepping point” soon resulted in further wins in the 66kg MASA state title fight and the ISKA 69kg Australian title bout.
The WKA title Bubb won was in the 70kg super welter weight division.
“I went up six kilos in weight to win titles and last weekend I fought in the 75kg junior Australian championships and came second in that. Over the course of the year I’ve gone through 10 kilos of weight class,” he said.
“It’s been a full on year.”