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Inter-tainers serve up a kick-boxing treat
THEY came from clubs across the North of England and they served up a real treat – but it was only a starter for the main event which will take place in December.
Evolution Gym in Rishton hosted the inter club kick boxing contest where the right to challenge for area titles were up for grabs.
Billy Battrick of Fit to Fight Gym in Accrington organised the competition and there was some tasty ‘match-ups’ in the 46 junior and senior bouts that was contested throughout the day.
So much so that one of them has been nominated as an English title fight – with the backing of a World Kickboxing Organiser official.
The Poplar WMC will be the venue for the title fights on December 7 and it promises to be a day to remember if this event was anything to go by.
Fit To Fight’s Daniel Clarkson took on David Haye from the Midlands in a contest that not only thrilled fight fans packed in to the Rishton club but also the WKO official who insisted the rematch should be for an English title.
However, Clarkson is under strict instructions not to kick a football again until the big fight having missed out on a chance of a shot at a national title due to injury.
“I’ve told Daniel not to kick enough ball until the fight,” said Battrick. “He missed out last time because he got injured playing football so we don’t want it to happen again.
“It was a terrific contest and I’m thrilled that both fighters will meet again for the English title because they both deserve the chance.”
Fit To Fight and Evolution were two of four East Lancashire clubs in action on the day with Phoenix Gym – run by Paul Fleck and Dave Garth – and Paul Ramsey’s Kickboxing Club also involved.
And all four clubs had more success than failures again underlining the talent on show at East Lancashire clubs.
Some of the highlights included young Aaron Robinson (right), 12, of Fit to Fight getting a shot at an area title after beating Liam Donlin from Phoenix to win his inter club belt in what was a thrilling contest.
There was also success on the day for the talented McDonagh brothers, John and Jake and Martin from Ramsey’s while Battrick’s daughter Keely continued her impressive record with a hard fought draw with current British champion Lucie Callan of Midlands Kickboxing Club. Jake Armstrong of Fit to Fight won the young fighter award after putting up a spirited display in defeat after stepping in at one day’s notice to take on Saxon’s title contender Liam Ryan.
And girl power was provided by Courtney Burgess and Emily Konuchi of Phoenix who both turned in knockout performances.
“All the clubs performed superbly well and it was another great occasion to show off our kick boxing talent,” added Battrick.
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