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Stephanie’s sweet kicks reaping rewards

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Stephanie’s sweet kicks reaping rewards
Published 18 June 2018
A visit to the gym with her girlfriends for netball fitness has turned into an unexpected move into the Muay Thai ring for Craigmore’s Stephanie Walton.

A visit to the gym with her girlfriends for netball fitness has turned into an unexpected move into the Muay Thai ring for Craigmore’s Stephanie Walton.

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Stephanie Walton has won her first three Muay Thai fights, foreshadowing an exciting future in the sport. Photos: Mel Bice Photography.

And with wins from each of her opening three fights, it’s proved to be a very successful move for the 23 year old, who is trained by Craig Icke at Cardio-Flex Gym.

“My girlfriends stopped going (to the gym) and I kept going for fitness and was approached 18 months later to see if I wanted to be really serious about it (fighting),” Walton said.

“It wasn’t something I’d thought about.”

Now, Walton, who fights in the 53-kilogram weight division, is wondering where else Muay Thai can take her, even if it means being a little bit selfish.

“I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity that comes along,” she said.

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“It’s a lot of sacrifices, socially, I feel like I neglect family and friends, but I have a good support network – it’s very much a case of mind over matter.

“I’ve got a good mindset and I know what I want and I hope my dedication is enough."

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Walton’s most recent fight saw her claim a split decision in Knees of Fury 70 at the Dom Polski Centre.