2012-08-23 / Sports

Ballroom ‘beatdown’ comes to Manistique


Kickboxer Tim Nixon, left, will make his debut as a promoter at an event in the Diamond Lights Banquette Center on Sept. 8. Also competing that night will be 14-year-old Tanner Gonzalez, right. 
Courtesy photo Kickboxer Tim Nixon, left, will make his debut as a promoter at an event in the Diamond Lights Banquette Center on Sept. 8. Also competing that night will be 14-year-old Tanner Gonzalez, right. Courtesy photo MANISTIQUE – Manistique’s Tim Nixon has made his mark in the ring as one of the best pro kickboxers in the Upper Peninsula. Over the past nine years, Nixon has amassed an impressive 25-2 record. His only losses were both at the hand of Kyle Wickerhart, of Milwaukee, Wis.

Rarely seen in the ring, area kickboxing enthusiasts will get a chance to witness Nixon in action when he defends his Upper Peninsula Kickboxing Title at the Muay Thai Challenge on Sept. 8 in Manistique.

Nixon will make his promotional debut at an event in the Diamond Lights Banquette Center. It will feature Nixon and challenger Brian Wachter of Munising, Mich., in the title match.

The card also features up to 20 Muay Thai Kickboxing matches, including three pro matches and local fighter, 14-year-old Tanner Gonzalez.

Nixon said the time is right to make the transition from fighter to promoter; however, he still plans on defending his title until a worthy opponent comes along.

Starting at the ground floor, his ring is currently being built in Gwinn. Following the fight on Sept. 8, another event in the U.P. will be planned. A search will be started for a location to train fighters in Manistique for the near future.

“With the help of IQ Designs, we came up with the plans and are in the process of building the ring for the event at Diamond Lights,” Nixon stated. “My plan is to hold one or two more events in the U.P. before the end of the year.”

While he is developing a business plan to promote the sport locally and throughout the U.P., Nixon promises his promotional debut will be an action-packed night based on the card he put together, as well as his title fight against Wachter.

“Kickboxing moves fast, it moves hard, there are a lot of knockouts as fighter’s battle in the ring,” he said. “It’s war out there, fights can turn on a dime. One hit can turn a fight totally around and you are never out until the end.”

While making the transition from fighter to promoter, Nixon says he has no plans of giving up his title any time soon and definitely not to Wachter.

“Until someone comes along and wants takes this title from me, I will keep fighting, it will not be him (Wachter),” Nixon said. “He is popular over there in Munising. Everyone one I talk to there says he is going to knock me out, the thing he needs to worry about is not to end up in Schoolcraft Memorial that night, and it’s going to be a fun night.”

Nixon’s promotional company is called Muay Thai Challenge, which represents the “kickboxing” style of fighting.

VIP table seats are available for $40, with general admission at $30. To purchase tickets or receive more information on the event, contact Nixon at (906) 396-9414.

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