BY DAN MCNEE
BRANTFORD – Chalk up another win for local fighter Zack Vines.
And even though he was victorious in his May 11 welterweight Muay Thai battle, he was still disappointed with the latest result. The 29-year-old Listowel fighter defeated Oshawa opponent Marko Hunter in the second round in Brantford’s Canada vs. USA event on Saturday night after he was injured by a devastating push kick from Vines and unable to continue.
“I wanted to get into that third round – I was just starting to get into a groove,” said Vines, who now sports a perfect 2-0 record in World Amateur Muay Thai Association of Canada (WAMTAC) sanctioned events.
Vines had previously fought Hunter in his first unsanctioned Muay Thai event, a fight that he lost. That was not to be repeated though, as he was prepared for what Hunter brought to the table. The lanky Oshawa fighter blitzed Vines at first with a flurry of punches that split open his lips, but Vines was able to hold him off and wait for his chances.
“He came out exactly the way I thought he would,” Vines said. “Into the second round, I just weathered the storm and started to pick him apart a little bit.”
After catching a couple of Hunter’s high kicks and sweeping his legs out from under him, Vines was backed up on the ropes when Hunter attempted a big left hook. Vines countered with a push kick to the chest that Hunter was unable to recover from, and he threw in the towel following the completion of the second round.
“I feel good,” said Vines. “I’m injury-free and came out with the win.”
Including Vines, three of the four Phady’s Muay Thai fighters out of Cambridge came away from the event with wins. Cruiserweight Mark Bowman from Listowel also competed in his first sanctioned WAMTAC bout. A student of Vines, Bowman went the distance with a much larger opponent but lost by unanimous decision.
“I’m really proud of him – he went through a war,” said Vines.
Vines will be taking part in a WAMTAC exhibition event in Toronto next weekend, while Hunter has already challenged him to a rematch in Oshawa later this fall.
“Most likely I’ll do it,” said Vines. “At this point I’m planning on it. Apparently I’m a hot commodity all of a sudden.”