Hervey Bay’s Chris Johnston-Fuchs used to be a talented soccer player now he’s turning on the style in Muay Thai.
Hervey Bay’s Chris Johnston-Fuchs used to be a talented soccer player now he’s turning on the style in Muay Thai. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Former soccer star has new goal

CHRIS Johnston-Fuchs used to get a kick out of playing soccer.

Now it’s another sport he’s using his talented feet for, something very different to soccer – Muay Thai kick-boxing.

Johnston-Fuchs, who celebrates his 16th birthday today, is also proving to be as good as kicking his opponents as he was at kicking a round ball at the highest level.

The former Queensland soccer representative, a striker, has only been training for just over a year at Hervey Bay’s Street Smart Thai Boxing Centre but he’s already made a big impression.

Foxy as he is called, has won four of his six fights including his latest when he stepped into a ring against a previously undefeated opponent in Brisbane at the weekend and won a unanimous points decision.

The only losses he’s suffered were in his first fight where his trainer Craig Glover said he was overwhelmed by nerves and the sheer ferocity of his opponent while his second loss was against rising Gold Coast star, the undefeated Ben Mahoney, a fighter trained by Australia’s finest Muay Thai champion, “John” Wayne Parr, earlier this month.

But far from being deflated by that loss, Johnston-Fuchs was inspired – he knew what he had to do to if he wanted to take himself to the next level.

He trained harder and longer – he did the hard yards.

His reward, a comprehensive victory in Brisbane, one that will hopefully launch his career to new heights.

He’ll fight for the Queensland bantamweight (54kg) crown in Hervey Bay in May and he’s hoping that an impressive performance in that will lead to him winning selection in the Australian team heading to Bangkok in November for the World Championships.

Not a bad effort when you consider Johnston-Fuchs only started Muay Thai for fitness.

But why did he give up on his promising soccer career?

“I’d simply had enough,” he said.

“It had been part of my life for so long and I got to the stage where I didn’t want to play any more.

“I needed a new challenge and Muay Thai has certainly provided that.

“I just cannot get enough of it – it’s like a drug, it’s addictive and I love everything about it.”

As for his future, his coach Craig Glover, reckons he’s got a huge future in it.

“Chris has that something special,” Glover, who coached his wife Laura and another Hervey Bay fighter, Narelle Leahey, to winning world Muay Thai titles, said.

“He is incredibly skilled for someone so young and he’s not afraid to work hard.

“There is no doubt he has the fire burning in his belly to succeed and he will.”



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