Picton fighter secures major Muay Thai title

TOUGH: Danny Roberts holds up his Australian East Coast Muay Thai title belt. Picture: Simon Bennett
TOUGH: Danny Roberts holds up his Australian East Coast Muay Thai title belt. Picture: Simon Bennett

Picton’s Danny Roberts is a relative newcomer to Muay Thai but he’s proving he can match it with some of Australia’s best fighters.

Roberts won an Australian East Coast title belt at last month’s “War in the West Battle of the Heavyweights” event at the Padstow RSL Club.

The 32-year-old beat Adbul Elkobaitr in a 60kg and under lightweight division fight over five rounds to secure the belt.

Roberts, who only took up the sport six years ago, said he was stoked to take out an East Coast title.

“It was probably not my best fight but I was proud that I didn’t give up,” he said.

“I was pretty pumped to win. War in the West had some of the best fighters from across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.”

Roberts has enjoyed a long association with mixed martial arts.

He took up taekwondo when he was 10 and reached the black belt level during a 16-year career in the sport.

Roberts said he “found Muay Thai later in life” and had enjoyed the new challenge over the past six years.

The Picton resident trains regularly at Picton’s Warpath Martial Arts gym which opened earlier this year.

Roberts thanked the gym’s community for providing great support.

"I’ve put in a lot of hard work at the gym and it’s nice to get some rewards,” he said.

Roberts and a group of fellow Warpath Martial Arts members boarded a plane to Thailand last Friday to take part in a special 10-day training camp.

Roberts said he would weigh up his next fight option when he returned to Australia.