MAKK McNaught is still smiling after winning his third Australian title almost two weeks ago.
The Millthorpe muay thai fighter won the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) 61kg title at Castle Hill.
He beat his 22-year-old opponent with a unanimous points decision.
“He was a lot taller than me,” McNaught said.
“It was a very tough fight. I counter-attacked a lot and pressured him.
“I thought it was close. I was just hoping for a good result.”
So when he was announced as the winner of the modified muay thai rules (no elbows) bout, to say McNaught was pleased would be an understatement.
“I was the happiest person ever,” the 17-year-old smiled.
This is the third Australian title McNaught has claimed.
He has already won a WKA national title in the 55kg division and the MASA lightweight Australian modified Thai rules title.
Before these he claimed the NSW International Sports Karate Association 55kg title and the World Muay Thai Council state title in the same weight division.
McNaught said he knew he could win his third national title.
“I felt confident. I’d been training for it two times a day for a while,” he explained.
“I was fit enough, strong enough. I felt confident because I had my trainer (Glenn McDonald) with me. I definitely wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my trainer. I couldn’t ask for a better trainer.
McNaught’s next fight will be in Yass for an east coast title.