Sport

Fighting test for Hollioake

Adam Hollioake (left) seen here with WBF super middleweight champion Les Sherrington and Hayley Bateup.
Adam Hollioake (left) seen here with WBF super middleweight champion Les Sherrington and Hayley Bateup.

FORMER England one-day cricket captain Adam Hollioake pulls no punches.

He was declared bankrupt in Australia last year but he doesn't want sympathy for the mistakes he made - far from it.

The 40-year-old former all-rounder and now Gold Coast resident doesn't want any charity either.

What he would like is for people to take him seriously in his new professional sporting career as a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter.

Hollioake, who played four Test matches and 35 one-day internationals for England, will step into a cage for his debut fight against Joel Millar at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Center tonight.

This is no publicity stunt and no money-making exercise - this is for real.

You see, Hollioake firmly believes he was born to fight. He just happened to end up playing cricket as a career.

"I used to sneak out while I was at boarding school and go to boxing classes when I was 12," he laughed.

"I loved it (boxing) but then my parents found out and that was that."

But his love for boxing stayed with him - even in his cricket career.

"I did plenty of sparring and fitness work over many off-seasons," Hollioake, who lost his younger brother and fellow England cricketer Ben in a car accident in Perth in 2002, said.

"I might have considered leaving cricket a year or two earlier than I did and having a go at boxing, but I guess I wasn't in the right environment.

"Now the training is for real and I can't wait to get in the cage and prove to people that I deserve to be there."

Fighting in a cage is so different to cricket... or is it?

Hollioake faced his fair share of 140kmh thunderbolts during his career - he had no problem with that.

"I could handle those," he said.

"It was the spinners, like Warnie and Murali, who gave me grief.

"I was outclassed, but I never gave up. I will never throw in the towel in any sport I attempt.

"This isn't an attitude I've had to work at, it was just natural to me and you can be sure I'll take the same attitude into my new career.

"I relished a scrap in cricket and I'll certainly relish one in my new career."

Topics:  mixed martial arts


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sowing the seeds for our teens

KEEN TO WORK: Motivated teenagers (from left) Lachy Clark, Cami Geradin, Liam Hopkins and Molly Hill have joined a teen only mowing group organised by Kane Oliver to provide for kids to experience responsibility and earn an income. Young Seeds offers mowing, lawn care, hedging, waste removal and more in the Peregian-Noosa area. For the full story see page 9.

A new local gardening business only employs teenagers

Local Partners

Workshop to help prepare for bushfires

The Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade will be running a workshop to help locals prepare for a bushfire like the recent one at Coolum Beach

Lightning set to keep Today weather presenter on his toes

Stevie Jacobs.

Catch Lighning netball heroes and weather presenter Stevie Jacobs

Welcome to the neighbourhood

Burgers and sausages will be on the barbie.

Here's a fine welcome to the Nambour neighbourhood

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Lightning set to keep Today weather presenter on his toes

THE Today Show is returning to the Sunshine Coast with Stevie Jacobs presenting live weather crosses from Cotton Tree and Caloundra Street Fair

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Global superstar to rock Mackay in 2017

A major concert is set to rock Mackay this year.

Mackay, Cairns to host world's biggest superstars Sir Elton John

Robert Irwin introduces Jimmy Fallon to wild guests

Robert Irwin introduces Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon to a cuddly sloth.

ROBERT Irwin continues Steve's legacy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Trespass Against Us a 'tender' crime film

Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson in a scene from the movie Trespass Against Us.

Tough British film about criminal clan proves touching

Crocodile, hippo fears as I'm A Celeb filming hit by flooding

Flooding hits the set of I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

Fears crocodiles and hippos could infiltrate I'm A Celeb camp

Small screen users make switch to smaller screens

In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2013, a girl plays Supercelll's Hay Day game on an iPad. The Finnish 'Clash of Clans' mobile game maker Supercell said Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, it plans to launch its third game next month on a tide of soaring revenues and profits. The new game, 'Boom Beach,' will be launched in March. It's been tested in Canada and Australia, ranking fifth in both countries' iPhone app store lists, according to the company. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Milla Takala)  FINLAND OUT

The digital age generation makes the switch

Coast's new $174m 'city' by the beach takes shape

Development of the Bokarina beach development is underwayPeter Hall from Hall Contracting on site of the new development.

800 new units, 300 homes. It's going to be big

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Enjoy that top-level feeling

Stunning Noosa riverfront penthouse comes with roof-top deck

Catching up for a coffee

KEEPING IN TOUCH: Early morning coffee at Noosaville.

It's all about making time in a busy world

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!