Known as a smiling assassin - Mixed Martial Arts competitior Ken McAndrew is ready for his amateur fight against Durant on Saturday 8 April 2017.
Known as a smiling assassin - Mixed Martial Arts competitior Ken McAndrew is ready for his amateur fight against Durant on Saturday 8 April 2017. Valerie Horton

McAndrew keen to step back into the octagon

HERVEY Bay's Smiling Assassin is ready for his next opponent.

Ken McAndrew recorded his first-ever mixed martial arts fight when he knocked out Danny Atom at Reign Fighting 3 on April 8, but the 27-year-old is ready to go again.

While nothing is confirmed, McAndrew said he was keen to compete at Eternal 26 on July 8.

McAndrew has an early eye on face either Zac Durant or Sebastian Jaramillo, but he is ready to fight anyone.

He was originally set to face Durant at Eternal 24 before that plan was scrubbed by injury. Jaramillo stepped up to replace Durant but he too was injured.

In came Atom, who had only three weeks earlier secured a 36-second knockout win over Liam Giezekamp at Aftershock 28.

McAndrew got the job done quickly: a first-round, right hook rocked Atom's and the fight was over before he hit the canvas.

The result was a 64-second surprise for McAndrew.

Not only had McAndrew trained for what he expected to be a longer bout, but the sweet shot came from the southpaw's less dominant hand.

"I didn't notice it was the right hook until I watched the footage," he said. "I thought I got him with a straight left.

"Some say southpaws have an advantage but I think it comes from experience.

"Southpaws have more experience fighting against orthodox (fighters) then orthodox have against southpaws."

The win is a major confidence booster for McAndrew who had lost his first two bouts.

"It felt good, it was very quick," he said.

"With the lead up in training I expected it to go longer so I'm really keen to get back in there and test the other skills.

"It worked out well for me and I'm thankful (to Danny Atom) as he stepped in after those other injuries."



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