Topic: MMA - Mixed Martial Arts

Taranaki teen prepares for his shot at WMC NZ title

  • North Island: West Coast

A 17-year-old from Taranaki is preparing for his shot for the WMC NZ title at the Club 300 event tomorrow night.

Oscar Remihana is on the rise, saying, “I'm feeling pretty good. Yeah feeling fit, I trained pretty hard for it so yeah I'm feeling pretty good, confident.”

He started kickboxing at a young age.

Kiri Key says, “His father was a fighter, so he grew up in the sport.  But it's his own dream to be successful in the sport.”

For this Ngāti Mutunga descendant, he knows what it takes.

Francis Vesetolu says, “He has been training twice a day and he has been training for the last two months.  He is one of those student that's ideal for a coach. He walks through the door and anything you ask him he pretty much does.”

His whānau has also made sacrifices to support his dream.

Key says, “His whole family moved here (Auckland) to support him.  We are all here to support him with his aspirations and there's no doubt he will achieve them.”

Apart from fighting, Oscar is also learning to speak te reo.

“Taranaki is my mountain, Ngāti Mutunga is my iwi.  I am from New Plymouth, and I train at Smac Gym.  My name is Oscar Remihana.”

Tomorrow, Remihana will battle it out at the Dream Centre in Manukau for the WMC NZ title.