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Local fighter earns quick win in 9 second debut MMA fight at the Brown Trout Festival

July 20, 2012
BY ERIC BENAC - News Sports Writer , The Alpena News

Six months of hard fight preparation paid off for Taylor Kowalewsky, as he beat Brandon Worthington in his debut fight in nine seconds of mixed martial arts fight action. Worthington tapped out after taking several shots to the head from Kowalewsky.

Kowalewsky's nerves were high heading into the fight. His match was the fourth of the MMA matches. His start was delayed and his opponent changed at the last minute.

"Oh my gosh, it's such a big sigh of relief," Kowalewsky said.

He kept his cool during the fight and didn't let his emotions over run him as he walked into the ring.

"It was such a big surge of adrenaline. I went in nervous but I stayed true to my training and did what I always do. Prayers are a big help," Kowalewsky said after the right.

Peter James Sowders, his trainer, was full of pride for his young fighter.

"Six months of training and nine seconds of greatness," he said with a laugh.

Sowders attributed Kowalewsky's win to a focus on boxing.

"(Kowalewsky) went in and came out swinging," Sowders said. "He focused on boxing early and hit hard. It was his boxing ability as well as his physical fitness that contributed to that win tonight."

The two don't plan to slow down on his training after this fight.

"We're not taking a break. He's back into training tomorrow. We're not going anywhere. We'll be back soon," Sowders said.



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