Narellan Vale fighter ready to defend major Muay Thai title

Narellan Vale fighter Danny Roberts feels relaxed and confident as he aims to defend a major Muay Thai title.

Roberts won an Australian East Coast title belt when he beat Adbul Elkabaitry in a 60kg and under lightweight division fight over five rounds in September.

The bout took place at the “War in the West Battle of the Heavyweights” event in Padstow, which featured some of NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania’s top Muay Thai talent.

Elkabaitry’s management has now called for a re-match at the JNJ Promotions “Dire Straights” event at Hurstville Entertainment Centre on Friday, November 23.

Roberts, 32, said he felt confident about his chances of beating Elkabaitry again.

“I am not surprised he wants a re-match but we will hear the words ‘still a champion’ again by the end of the next fight,” he said.

“I took everything he had last time. I have seen all of his tricks and nothing fazed me.”

Roberts said their last bout was the first time he had fought a southpaw (left-hand dominant) opponent.

“My fight style wasn’t pretty last time but I know what to expect now,” he said.

“I feel confident and know how Adbul fights.”

Roberts trains regularly at Picton’s Warpath Martial Arts gym under the guidance of trainers Dave Rigg and Ray Jackson.

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

“I’ve been training well,” he said.

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

Roberts and a group of fellow Warpath Martial Arts members headed to Thailand for a special two-week training camp in October.

The 32-year-old said the trip had helped with his preparation for the Dire Straights fight.

“They have such a different focus over there, they live and breath Muay Thai,” Roberts said.

“It was an awesome trip, a big eye opener for me.”