Five-in-Five with Kelly Broerse
Photo credit: Campbell Furlong.
New Zealand Fighter’s Isaac Savage caught up with New Zealand Black Gloves representative Kelly Broerse for the next edition of Five-in-Five.
Broerse is one of five New Zealand representatives currently competing for the Black Gloves in the Muay Thai Amateur World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. She is an experienced competitor, having won the IKBF South Pacific FTR 63kg title, the WKBF NZ Featherweight FTR title, and the WKBF South Pacific Featherweight K1 title.
Q: Black Gloves – What is this and where can we catch all the action?
A: “Our team – the NZ Black Gloves - are in Thailand right now competing in the Muay Thai World Championships. It’s a tournament with over 1000 athletes from 102 countries competing for the Gold Medal in many different weight classes. We have 5 athletes competing from all over NZ.”
Q: Rumour has it you’re a scientist and former ballroom dancer… how the heck did you get into the art of 8 limbs?
A: “Yes, I work for ESR in the only forensic biology lab in NZ and I used to compete in ballroom dancing. I got into Muay Thai after watching the movie Never Back Down. I went to try out the Academy of Combat in Christchurch and I’ve been hooked ever since! I train out Strikeforce in Auckland now and my partner Yassin has just started at a new gym Combat Academy in Auckland. I started training in 2012 and had my first fight in 2013. Yass started training in 2015 and had his first fight that year after 6 weeks of training.”
Q: Your partner Yass also competes. Explain the dymanics of that.
A. “It is soooo good having a partner who does what you do and understands what you’re going through. We support each other through the weight cuts and gruelling fight camps, but we only train together occasionally (we are both super competitive, so it is good that we have our own gyms and space). We are both very different on fight day with what we like, so we’ve both had to adapt and figure out what the other person likes, so we can be the best help and support out back.”
Q: Who has the hardest head in your opinion?
A. “Hardest head as in stubborn or can take the heavy hits? We are both incredibly stubborn. I think that’s what makes us good in the ring and helps us never give up. We are both pretty tough and can take big hits haha. I can’t pick one.
My hardest fight would either be Lara Ahola or Quinita Hati. Lara pushed a relentless pace on KiTR; we didn’t stop throwing so it was intense and hard to keep going. I’ve fought Quinata twice and the second fight was incredibly close; she’s very strong and tough!”
Q: World Title fight soon? Tell us more!
A: “Yes, I’ve just been matched with Brooke Cooper in Brisbane on 7 September! She’s one of the top Aussie girls at 60kg so it’s an amazing opportunity and going to be a huge test. She’s tall with long limbs and a good work rate, similar to my Russian opponent I’ll be fighting tomorrow. The Brisbane fight’s a World Title so it’s a massive deal and I’m so excited for the opportunity and to bring home the bling!”
Kelly fights today against Russian representative Ekaterina Vinnikova. The fights are streamed live on the IFMA Facebook page.