Hervey Bay’s newest Queensland champion Casey Walters shows her style and her prized belt. Alistair Brightman Fracase
KICK-boxing is known to be brutal and painful at times.
It feels like a walk in the park to Hervey Bay’s latest Queensland champion Casey Walters – she has given birth twice.
The 28-year-old single mum is feeling no pain at the moment, only joy – and why wouldn’t she.
Walters has won her first state title after claiming the bantamweight (56.4kg cut-off) crown in style.
She beat the defending champion and previously unbeaten Eden Reinders unanimously on points at the end of their five-round confrontation in Brisbane.
Not a bad effort when you consider Reinders had beaten Walters 12 months ago and Walters hadn’t had a bout since then – she’d been busy trying to juggle looking after her two children and working.
However when she heard about the chance to have a re-match with Reinders, Walters, who is trained by Craig Glover at Urangan’s Street Smart Thai Boxing Club, wasn’t about to let it slip through her grasp.
She did some more juggling and it meant her children, two-year-old son Aiden and nine-year-old daughter Tiarni, often went training with her.
They had a ball and mum reckons they were the reason she won this title – they were her inspiration.
“They gave me plenty of encouragement and I loved having them with me on this journey to the top,” Walters said.
As for the title win, Walters said she was still coming back to earth.
“I knew fighting her would be so tough but I have been training hard with Craig (Glover) and Jorm (former Thai stadium champion Jorm Promteph) in the lead up to it,” she said.
“Their work with me and the confidence they gave me was out of this world – I cannot thank them enough.
“It was such an adrenaline rush having another fight and I cannot wait to have my next.”
But does the thought of experiencing some pain in her kick-boxing career worry Walters?
“Not a bit,” she laughed.
“Nothing can compare to childbirth – that’s much harder.
“At least with a fight you know when it will be over while you just don’t know how long it (childbirth) is going to last.”