#Covid-19 isolation for returning Muaythai junior world champion holder

CHAMPS ALL: The Canungra Muaythai crew in Thailand after 17-year-old Josh Torrens took a shot at the world title and emerged victorious. Photo: Supplied.

CHAMPS ALL: The Canungra Muaythai crew in Thailand after 17-year-old Josh Torrens took a shot at the world title and emerged victorious. Photo: Supplied.

ELEVEN members of Canungra Muaythai are now in precautionary self-isolation after coming home from the world championship competition in Thailand last week with a prestigious win.

Head trainer David Torrens said the group went to Thailand even though the WMO World Titles had been canceled they attended a training clinic and had still hoped to pick up a fight in the home of Muaythai.

Mr Torrens said the whole group was now in self-isolation at home but all agreed it was worth it, especially since junior team captain, 17-year-old Josh Torrens, managed to come away with the world title.

"Josh picked up a fight at Bangla Stadium, not knowing who his opponent might be," he said.

"We thought he would be fighting a Thai but we arrived to find that someone had pulled out of the world title fight against the Russian world champ.

"Josh was a bit nervous coming in, especially since he hadn't fought in two years but he said even with the noise and the lights, he felt calm and relaxed during the fight."

Torrens knocked his opponent out in the third round to bring the world title to Australia.

Mr Torrens said his son had made sacrifices in the lead up to the trip.

Joshua Torrens gets a pep talk from his father and trainer, David Torrens.

Joshua Torrens gets a pep talk from his father and trainer, David Torrens.

"Josh graduated from Beaudesert high school last year and spent schoolies week training the house down," he said.

"This was his first fight against a world champion.

"He won the first round, copped a bad kick to the elbow in the second round and came back with a left hook that dropped the Russian. "Both times his opponent got up after an eight count but Josh dominated in the third round to win the title."

Mr Torrens said the Canungra group consisted of five fighters, no mean feat for a club with only 20 members. He said hygiene protocols were strict in Thailand but all members of the tour were now back in Australia and self isolating.

"Josh and I are staying in the granny flat on our property because there are little kids in the house and we want to protect the rest of the family," he said. "We will come out of isolation next Wednesday week (March 25) and it was well worth it. We're still pumped about it."