Jamie Molyneaux (Leicester ShootFighters) vs Matthew Murrell (Full Impact Thai)
Round 1) Both fighters move to the centre of the ring and gauge each other out, Murrell jabs and Molyneaux unleases with a huge overhand. Hurrell looks for the outside low kick and again Molyneaux lets rip with the right hand, inside low kick from Murrell and a left hook from Molyneaux. Murrell pushing forward and picking his kicks nicely, quick jab and back to the low kicks. Molyneaux staying composed and looking to get on the inside of his taller opponent, big overhand right again and straight into double underhooks. This is definitely where he wants Murrell as he blasts in a solid knee to the thigh. Good head position from Molyneaux, he’s looking for the first takedown but Murrell defends well and the referee separates the two from a stalemate. Molyneaux is throwing some huge punches but Murrell is slipping well and lands a clean 1-2 and knee combination. Crisp teep front kick to the face from Murrell followed by a straight 1-2. Molyneaux drops under and looks for a double to finish the round but Murrell does well to sprawl out and stuff the takedown. Back on their feet and Molyneaux is firing now with huge shots that are connecting everytime, Murrell chin is getting tested as Molyneaux finishes the round with a big statement!
Round 2) Murrell first to open up with a monster leg kick that spins Molyneaux around, inside leg, outside leg and a flurry of punches from murrell as he looks to get on top of things early in the second round. Molyneaux swings again but Murrell sways back and fires in a knee to the chest, Molyneaux looks for the double leg but Murrell sprawls out again, no score there! Quick exchange of hands and Molyneaux shoots again but Murrell is having none of it a bails to the floor immediately. Both guys really holding their positions well and not giving much away but Molyneaux explodes again with some looping punches that get through, Murrell returns fire but doesn’t seem to have the ferocity of his shorter opponent. Murrell’s chin is holding up well as he grabs hold of Molyneaux and delivers 4 knees to his body in classic Muay Thai style. Molyneaux backs away, sets up the big right hand again, stays in the pocket and hits a perfect clean double leg scooping Murrell up and dumping him on his back to end the round. Great technique from Molyneaux showing his superior grappling background.
Round 3) Molyneaux goes in quick looking for another takedown, Murrell bails again, looks like Molyneaux’s plan is to score big with the TD’s and fill in with big punch combo’s. Leg kick again from Murrell and big overhand right counter from Molyneaux thats seems to dislodge Murrells mouthpiece for a second. Big keep to the face again from Murrell, Molyneaux backs out and comes in hard with that big overhand right again thats definitely had success in the earlier rounds. Molyneaux with a half hearted TD attempted and takes a knee for the trouble, he still has Murrell pressed into the corner though and delivers a knee to the thigh. Another TD attempt stuffed and Murrell fires in a head kick. Murrell still working really well with his counter punching but its Molyneaux that seems to be doing more damage with the bigger and more explosive action. 20 seconds left in the round and Murrell sends in a flying knee to Molyneaux chest, Molyneaux clinches up, pushes off and goes for a head kick thats skims Murrells face only for Murrell to grin it off and blast forward to finish the round. And so we go to the judges scorecards where all 3 judges score the bout 30-27 in favour of the fighter in the blue corner, Jamie “Daywalker” Molyneaux.