Arasi (20) took up muay thai training as a child for about five years, earning a black belt, but then shifted his focus to football.
He played 21 games for the East Fremantle Colts in the 2012 and 2013 WAFL seasons, but missed out on being drafted for AFL.
He returned to muay thai earlier this year.
Arasi’s coach and Kalamunda Kickboxing and Martial Arts owner Murray McKechnie said the youngster was back on track and would be hard to beat in Saturday’s fight.
‘We have been doing some one-on-one sessions and going out to the Kalamunda Hills to train,’ he said. ‘It is important to mix up the training a bit, otherwise it becomes a routine and monotonous.’
McKechnie said Arasi transitioned back into muay thai training effortlessly.
‘Joel really thrives on fitness. He did the City to Surf and had an awesome time.
‘He has not had any trouble with the muay thai since he returned to it. He quickly got back up to speed. He was just a little rusty in the beginning.’
Ryan Robertson, who also trains with McKechnie, will compete in the mixed martial arts.
‘We are all confident the guys can win their fights,’ McKechnie said.
– For more details about the event at the Ray Owen Centre, call 0419 942 318 or Justin on 0411 700 607.