Invercargill kickboxer ready for Russian challenge
Invercargill concreter Jason Mischewski will travel to Moscow for a world kickboxing title fight.
The Toa Fighting Systems club member was selected after an approach to the club's Facebook page asking if there were any under-67kg fighters willing to travel for the fight on July 6.
The Russian kickboxing union is covering travel and accommodation costs for Mischewski, his wife and club president and head coach Pete Thompson.
Mischewski, 29, will take on Russian fighter Dmitry Grafov over five three-minute rounds and was unconcerned about stepping into the ring against a fighter he knows nothing about.
"Once you step into the ring, all the cards are laid on the table. That's what you train for, to be ready for anything."
Mischewski has been kickboxing for the past four years, initially starting when he joined a club in Whangarei and fighting for the first time about a year later.
His five-fight career has returned three wins and two losses.
"I like to think of it like a game of chess. You've got to have your game, but also figure out the game of your opponent as well. You can't just go in there throwing bombs, because they will obviously be countering with what they know."
The longer rounds for the championship bout will be challenging for Mischewski, who hasn't fought over that distance before.
"You've got to be very fit and have some good conditioning, pace yourself for the first few rounds and then let it all out in the last couple."
Thompson said the Invercargill club's reputation was growing internationally after taking fighters to tournaments overseas.
The club has about 200 members.