Gallery: Magnificent seven in kickboxing event
The magnificent seven took part on another banging night of kickboxing in Stevenage. Seven of the host TS Kickboxing Club fighters were all in action at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre on Saturday night. And all three involved in title fights won th
The magnificent seven took part on another banging night of kickboxing in Stevenage.
Seven of the host TS Kickboxing Club fighters were all in action at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre on Saturday night.
And all three involved in title fights won their contests.
Stacey Parker versus Annan Otterwell was the first title fight of the night.
It was over five rounds to determine the ISKA ladies' English title.
Both ladies started well, displaying excellent kickboxing techniques in rounds one and two.
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From the third round, Parker began to gain the upper hand, throwing her trademark lead leg kicks and continuous work on the inside with good body shots followed by hooks to the head of Otterwell.
Otterwell battled back well but an excellent fifth round sealed the win and the title for new champ Parker.
Andy Pollard and Al Osta (Leicester) was the second title fight of the evening.
Through the middle rounds of this seven-round fight, Osta unleashed some powerful punches that were blocked by the guard of Pollard and countered by nice cross hook combinations.
Osta came on strong in the final round but was repelled by Pollard who was crowned the new ISKA super middleweight British champion.
The Sukhy Shoria versus Steve Swinburn (Lincoln) fight for the British welterweight title lived up to all expectations.
Swinburn was the champion and started the first two rounds well with some good solid round kicks.
But Shoria began to show his power from round three onwards.
In the seventh and final round, both fighters exchanged good kicks at the start but again the fitness and power of Shoria began to tell and he was crowned the new champ.
Nick Gill met Frenchman Antoinne Canhan in the final contest of the night. Gill began to get on top from round four onwards and in rounds six to seven, his body shots and relentless pressure began to take its toll on the Frenchman.
After eight rounds, Gill took a unanimous hard-fought points decision over the French fighter.
First up on the night had been James Penny against Thorrold from Ipswich.
Penny came on strong in the third pushing his tiring opponent back but after three rounds the decision went to Thorrold.
Duane Hughes' contest against Gower from Dorchester was voted fight of the night.
This fight was all action for the entire three rounds, Hughes throwing nice lead leg kicks and punch combinations, with the powerful Gower soaking it all up and always coming forward. These two fought toe-to-toe for three rounds with the decision going to Hughes.
Matt Offord was up against Bennedetti from Bournemouth.
Offord kept his opponent on the back foot for the entire fight, throwing a well-timed front kick followed up with a stiff jab and a high workrate on the inside. After three rounds there was no doubting the decision - a win for Offord.
Co-organiser Trevor Spencer said: "Thanks again to the arts and leisure centre, the sponsors and all the fighters and clubs involved in making it a successful evening.