BEAUDESERT’S Daniel Joyce will represent Australia on the international Muay Thai and K-1 stages after taking up kickboxing one year ago.
Joyce, 24, said he was thrilled at his selection to compete at the World Martial Arts World Championships, to be held in October at Dublin, Ireland.
“I am hoping that fighting in an international competition will further open up the martial arts world to me,” he said.
Joyce said he was selected by Australian organisers for the international bout after applying to compete one month ago.
About $6000 is needed to take Joyce to Dublin for the competition, with a Go Fund Me page, called WMO World Championships in Dublin, set up by Joyce earlier this month to help cover trip expenses.
While Irish luck might be on Joyce’s side as he heads into battle, the heavyweight has not left anything to chance.
Joyce said his rigorous up to six day-a-week training schedule, split into morning and afternoon sessions, would likely become more intense in preparation for the Dublin brawls.
“I am feeling good and believe I have a chance to win this,” Joyce said.
Joyce’s coach, Phil Renata, who owns Toowoomba-based Team Ngapuhi Muay Thai Kickboxing and Fitness Fight Gym, said he was confident his student was in fighting form for the international championships.
“I am impressed with his ability and he is a strong man,” Mr Renata said.
“It is an opportunity for him to better himself, an opportunity for him to represent the country and to see what the standard is and to compare.”
Joyce said he began boxing two years ago for self-defense and personal development after being bullied as a teenager, but quickly swapped to kickboxing.
He said he hoped his family would travel with him to Ireland for the week-long tournament, with Mr Renata also planning to accompany him.
The World Martial Arts World Championships are on between Monday, October 9, to Monday, October 16.