Kickin’ stuff at nightclub
PUBLISHED: 10:36 13 April 2006 | UPDATED: 09:58 06 May 2010
Another capacity crowd saw a fabulous night of kickboxing in Stevenage. Fans were entertained by 15 fights at Pulse nightclub on Saturday night. Co-promoter Trevor Spencer said: The other clubs involved were well supported which added to the atmosphere.
Another capacity crowd saw a fabulous night of kickboxing in Stevenage.
Fans were entertained by 15 fights at Pulse nightclub on Saturday night.
Co-promoter Trevor Spencer said: "The other clubs involved were well supported which added to the atmosphere.
"There were great match-ups again which makes it even better."
The next show should hopefully be in October and should feature European and other title fights.
Spencer's Kickboxing Club members were in action throughout the evening.
Stacey Parker started the night off, fighting a tough opponent in Kelly Rose from Birmingham. This fight was all action with both ladies landing some big shots.
Rose finished the stronger to take the contest on the scorecards but it was an excellent performance from Parker in only her second contest.
Next up for the host club was another first timer in Dean Allen. He started well but was hurt by a right cross from his Kent opponent Ashley Collins which started a nosebleed that only got worse. Allen battled on bravely but coach Spencer wisely stopped the contest in the third round.
Matt Offord had another explosive contest against a Luton fighter. Offord took a standing eight count early in the first round from a body kick.
Instead of going into his shell, he came back firing with non-stop work for the next two rounds to take a close decision on the scorecards.
James Nicholson was another first timer for the club and yet again this was a good match-up with Nicholson starting the better of the two fighters.
He looked composed as he threw some nice combinations.
Then in the third round he was caught by a wild right-hand punch from the Gloucester man and took an eight count.
This evened up the fight on the scorecards and after three hard-fought rounds it was declared a draw.
Vikki Ranson was in a rematch from the last Pulse show with Louise Tanner from Banbury.
Ranson came out fast from the bell in round one which took her opponent by surprise and the Banbury lady found it hard to deal with such a relentless pace.
She kept this up for the entire three rounds and the decision was the same as last time. Only this result was much clearer with a win for the home fighter.
Co-promoter Steve Granger finally had his first fight of the year.
Granger has been plagued by injuries all year including a broken nose and bruised ribs.
But he looked sharp nevertheless and caught his opponent Myall from Kent with good straight rights and hooks to the head.
Myall kept coming and in the third the Kent man did more work and threw nice kicks to catch the judges' eyes.
So after three hard-fought rounds the man from Kent took the decision.
The exciting Andy Pollard was up against Andy Jackson from Surrey in an exhilarating contest. The crowd were on their feet for all four rounds as the two gladiators went at it without a break in the action.
Spencer said: "I don't know how they kept that pace up.
"After round one they both walked back to their corners tired but still kept that pace the whole fight through. The fight was amazing."
After four rounds the two fighters could not be separated and the fight was given as a draw. This contest was also voted fight of the night.
Crowd favourite Sukhy The Secret Shoria was in a seven-round pro fight against Simon Mr KO Akufo.
Shoria was in superb form, composed for the whole seven rounds and with a razor-sharp jab to go with it.
Both fighters exchanged quality punch and kick combinations which had the crowd thrilled for the whole fight.
Sukhy took the decision at the end of the seven hard, close rounds.
Spencer added: "This was a good win for Sukhy. This is his first seven rounder and it suits his style better than five rounds.
"People don't realise how hard it is to fight Sukhy until they get in the ring with him, hence the name The Secret.
"He doesn't just fight; he thinks and fights and that's the difference.
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