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Glen Purvis grew up in Cranebrook in Sydney’s West. At only 17 years of age he has already outgrown the usual schoolyard biffs and quickly moved up the Muay Thai ranks in Australia. He already has a solid fight record of 25 fights, 20 wins, 5 losses and 2 KO’s, possibly just the beginning of great things to come from Purvis.
To not only have racked up 25 fights but to be dominating in the sport at
just 17 is no mean feat. He has challenged some of the best fighters in his
weight division – occasionally even moving to the division above – which
is a huge achievement for anyone competing in kickboxing, let alone someone of
At just 12 Glen started participating in the kids class at Jabout Penrith, and as his trainer Jason Lapin puts it ‘He’s never left.’ Ironically it is Glen who now teaches the kids class and is helping to encourage other young children to participate in the sport that he has so much passion for.
“As soon as I found Muay Thai, it became my life” says Purvis.
The kids in the gym look up to Glen and he is fast becoming a positive role model to the younger fighters, as they see how much discipline and commitment it takes to succeed.
He has already checked some big achievements off his to do list including representing Australia in the World Games; travelling to and fighting in Thailand; and fighting some of his idols. But he is now facing the same dilemma shared by so many other fighters in this country – the difficulty of finding opponents willing to fight him, especially in his home state of NSW.
Perhaps it is his freakish adult-like confidence and dominance in the ring that worries fighters, or maybe promoters are hesitant to match him with much older opponents due to his age. Either way, this is the only thing that is holding Glen back from a far higher fight record.
Glen is willing to fight just about anyone, whether he has to go up a weight division or cut weight to the one below, he is willing to do whatever it takes to secure a fight regardless of his opponent.
“Not a day goes by I don’t think about fighting, it is who I am. I get over waiting I am always ready to fight,” he says.
Although the frustration gets to Purvis, he always walks into the ring with the same composure regardless of whether he has taken a last minute fight or trained hard for weeks in the lead up to one.
Looking to the future, Purvis is aiming to challenge himself further and is looking for opportunities to fight more experienced fighters in and outside this country.
“I would really like to fight Flip Street, Tomahawk and Saracino, they are the best and toughest fighters out there in this weight division and I’d like to fight them before I get too heavy and have to move up to 70kg,” he says.
For the full article pick up January issue of Cornerman magazine.
by Kiara Brooks
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