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Sheppard's Aussie Adventure

March 29, 2012 - Jay Bennett
Wow, sometimes it really is fun to just sit back and laugh at things.

If you want a good chuckle, check out the provided links talking about Mike Sheppard's recent trip down under. The one from the Queensland Times is a joke a minute while the one at the IKF website (just scroll down and you will find the story and some great pictures) actually gives a nice blow-by-blow account of what actually transpired.

Sheppard, who claimed his fourth career world kickboxing title last weekend in Australia, enjoyed his time but also had a few grins when I sent him the article from the QT after I received a heads-up from a fight fan (thanks Mr. Pezard) down under about its publication.

"I don't really care about that stuff. I'm not an Internet guy who worries about that crap," Sheppard said poignantly. "He took a bad one. How it turned into what they said, I don't know. It's funny crap. It's funny. Some of these people... where does it come from?

"Robert took a bad one. Blood was pouring out of his nose. I was belting him hard. When I kickbox I throw every punch like I'm trying to take your head off."

Of course, Sheppard is referring to Robert Glasson-Wilesmith, who never made it out of the third round.

"I was hitting his body hard and they were connecting to his body," added the Wirt County school teacher, who noted he actually had to pay $25 so he could fly back his trophy on the airplane.

All in all, though, Sheppard said his first trip was well worth the long flight and he wouldn't mind going back again someday perhaps.

"It was a great experience to see different places," he said. "How many people do you know that's been to Australia? The people over there are really nice. I didn't make much money on the fight, but it's not for that. It's for that title. Where we (trainer Leon Ramsey) were at was like a resort area.

"Just to go there you had to have a lot of money and people didn't flaunt what they had and didn't show off. Just to go out and eat like at a McDonald's it will cost you $30. It was real expensive. The (U.S.) dollar is worth less than the Australian dollar."

Good times indeed.


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