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Muay Thai Fight Night is Saturday at Hastings Armory

After just three months of training, Hastings resident Blake Kelley competed in his first muay thai fight. He ended up with two black eyes and a broken nose. Since then, Kelley has been working hard to get rid of the bad taste left in his mouth from that bout.

Kelley has won three straight fights and is now 3-1, including knockouts in his last two fights. The 2010 HHS graduate will be one of several area fighters competing Saturday night at the Hastings Armory in a muay thai fight night. The sport is essentially kick-boxing.

Kelley saw an uncle of his fight in Cannon Falls and liked the sport. Plus, he said, he needed something to keep him busy when he wasn’t working at hanging drywall and wasn’t studying at Inver Hills Community College.

“It gives me something to do,” he said. “I used to be a pretty big addict. This has kept me from doing all of that. I finally found something to do with my hands.”

Kelley’s bout will be one of about a dozen on the night. Tickets are available for $20 at the door. The weigh-ins are scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16, at Dugarel’s.

“I’m pretty stoked,” Kelley said. “It’s my first fight in my hometown. My friends will be there. My family. It should be a really good show.”

Kelley will be fighting at 175 pounds.

The show is being presented by Driven Management and Relentless Productions.

“We’re just trying to grow the muay thai scene,” said Jon Baird, owners of Relentless Productions. “There isn’t a huge competition level yet on a local business – we’re trying to fill a void here for these guys.”

This is the sixth night of fights that the two companies have put together.