This “demo” fight was the ONLY junior bout on the card for these two youngsters aged just 6 and 7 and representing the Elite combat & fitness gym, County Durham. Both these guys came out to put on a show combining great kick punch combos with attempted takedowns and sprawls. Both guys receiving great coaching from their corners and staying active for the whole 3×2 minute rounds. Awesome start to the show and definitely 2 juniors to look out for. The decision, a DRAW.
With 2 of Hammill’s previous opponents pulling out it was left to team mate Mikie Roper to step in last minute (and we DO mean last minute) and put on the show for our 2nd “demo” of the night. Roper with his grappling pedigree looked to tie Hammill up from the start but the taller man used his strikes to keep him at bay. It was all fun and games for these two with Roper flipping Hammill with a sweet Tawara Gaeshi (Rice Bail throw) in the 2nd. Great show of skills and respect from both guys resulting in a win / win DRAW.
These two tall welterweights looked very evenly matched on paper AND at the weigh ins. Perry fighting out of the Leicester Shoot camp and McGrath representing Rising Crane in Bedford. Both came out sharp and matched each others strikes. McGrath looking the more comfortable on his feet with good relaxed movement while Perry looked for foot sweeps and scored the first trip takedown in the 2nd. Perry seemed to tire in the 3rd and McGrath took advantage landing with a number of clean shots but with time running out Perry hit 2 more TD’s to stay in the round. The eventual decision, a ‘DRAW’. Another great show of control and sportsmanship from these two.
Our only female fight on the card with Coulson fighting out of Kombat Kave in Ely taking on the younger Danielle Boyle from Elite Combat & Fitness. Both started well with Boyle hitting an early ankle pick. Coulson looked to switch between doubles and singles but Boyle kept her hips back and defended well. No let up in the pace for all 3 rounds as Boyle started finding the mark with her straight right. Coulson kept up the attack but just couldn’t seal a takedown, resulting in all 3 judges scoring in favour of the blue corner, Danielle Boyle. Great performance from both ladies.
Explosive start to this one with referee JD Hylton having his work cut out from the off. Neither of these 16 year olds were about to sit by and watch his opponent steal his thunder and the pace was ultra fast. Countless calls to reduce the power just kept the lid on things as both fighters looked to out punch and out kick one another. Qais using his Muay Thai style with great effect and Callum landing with some nice high kicks, this fight was a back and forth battle through all 3 rounds with the judges giving a SPLIT DECISION in favour of Khan. Close contender for Fight of the Night with the excessive power being the dark shadow, otherwise a fantastic fight.
With Dunne being the much taller man he quickly established his range using his Muay Thai style straights and kicks. Saunders kept looking for the openings but Dunne shut him down with quick tie ups and knees. Saunders, fighting Southpaw for most of the fight, kept switching to trick his way in but Dunne was having none of it and continued to land with his long one two’s and finishing with some high kicks. By the 3rd round Saunders was looking frustrated with Dunne keeping his composure throughout to take the win via UNANIMOUS DECISION. Great show of control by both guys.
Stepping in the ring, this looked to be a great match up with both guys in great physical shape. Everitt in the Red corner and fighting out of Team Chopper, Bedworth, and Rich in the Blue corner from Lutterworths Impact Martial Arts. A furious start quickly followed by a ‘calm down’ chat from the referee saw the fight continue with Everitt dropping under to hit the first double leg, quickly followed by another. Round 2 saw an unfortunate clash of heads but the action was soon underway again with Rich keeping his composure and beginning to find his mark. Everitt tiring slightly in the 3rd allowed Rich to land more clean shots and fight his way back in. Non stop action and another contender for FotN with a great show of respect from both guys. The judges scoring the bout 29-28, 29-29 and 29-29 for a MAJORITY DRAW.
Both debut fighters with a personal story to tell with huge cheers for Hollick entering the ring as the bell sounded for the first. Luxton immediately pressing forward with Hollick landing the first double leg. Two more TD’s followed while Luxton pulled one back right on the bell. More of the same in the 2nd with Luxton edging the stand up and defending Hollicks takedown attempts well. Hollick continued to drive through while Luxton was finding his target more and more frequently. An illegal punch to a downed Luxton saw a point deduction from Hollick that may have cost him a draw. Exceptionally close fight this one with the winner by UNANIMOUS DECISION, Mark Luxton and a well earned Fight of the Night award for these guys.
With Foster getting down to the ‘bare’ minimum for the weigh in both guys looked sharp from the off. A clean right cross left hook shook Barlow for a second with the ref on top to start the fight again. Both guys landing with plenty of clinch and knees too. Foster diving from way out for the takedowns saw Barlow defending and countering. Barlow driving forward with bodyshots saw Foster clinch and trip his man down. Foster with the cleaner shots couldn’t stop Barlow from pushing the him back to the ropes where the two matched each others ‘dirty boxing’ shot for shot. After 3 rounds of great action the judges scored the bout 30-28, 30-28 and 30-27 in favour of Impacts Will Foster.
Super fast start by both these guys again causing the referee to calm things down slightly. Biddles using fantastic head movement and homes hitting an awesome hip throw. Both men matching each other for pace a volume of strikes. An unintentional groin kick halted the action for a moment but when recovered, Biddles came flying back in only to get caught with a straight right that unbalanced the LSF fighter. Holmes landed again with a spinning back kick to the body followed by another right hand which caused Biddles to cover up. After a number of unanswered shots the referee called a stop to the contest midway through the 2nd, with your winner by REFEREE STOPPAGE, Gaz Holmes. Great fight from 2 great competitors.
Both guys being big on experience, Hammill knew Plants Judo background may be a issue here but went after his man regardless. Plant standing and trading with Hammill until his opportunities arose then BOOM! Big takedowns from Plant saw Hammill breathing heavy but he continued with his striking assault. Plant using his leg kicks with great effect and Hammill countering over the top. More big takedowns but tough as nails Hammill just kept on coming. After 3 fantastic rounds of action, all 3 judges scored the fight a UNANIMOUS DECISION in favour of Plant. Big props to both fighters and their representing teams, Ninth Legion and Impact MMA.