17-year-old Alma Juniku has been given the opportunity of a lifetime as she prepares to make the journey over to China to take part in Kunlun Fight 68 on December 17th where she will be one of eight entrants in the promotion’s 52kg tournament.
The talented young fighter who trains out of Modern Warrior Muay Thai in Loganlea, Queensland, will travel to China with an impressive record of 20 fights for 18 wins. Already holding multiple junior Australian titles, Juniku is seen as one of the strongest prospects in Australian muay thai today.
Juniku is set to take on Chinese fighter Zhang Weili in the first round of the tournament, where if she wins, will have to fight two more times on the night to take home the 52kg title. While strong under muay thai rules, a determining factor on the night will be how she can adapt to Kunlun’s international K1 rule set which allows for only limited knees and no elbows.
The rules may just favour Juniku however after she showed a dominant performance back in August stopping her Thai opponent in the third round of their fight in Koh Samui with some stellar boxing throughout.
Juniku’s inclusion on the promotion’s “Mulan Legend” tournament marks the end of a strong year for Australian representation in the top Chinese kickboxing league. Other Australian fighters such as Claire Foreman, Victor Nagbe and Elliott Compton have all made appearances on Kunlun card’s this year and Juniku will look to further cement the strong reputation being built by visiting Australian fighters.
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