UNIFIED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – ITALY 2014
The 2014 Unified World Championships in Marina Di Carrera, Tuscany, Italy were by far the biggest Martial Arts event Worldwide to date bar none!
- IKF Team Ireland had a team of 16 fighters and 20 coachs/supporters that travelled to the event and we had tremendous success.
- Gary Manogue from Galway sealed the deal as the best -71kg fighter on the planet with three spectacular wins (two by knockout) to win Gold in that category.
- Charlie Ward is the undisputed World Welterweight Champ after winning four huge fights including a win over the 2012 World Champ from Lebannon in the final.
- Saoirse Joyce defeated a tough English girl in the final of the under 18 years old -60kg category – she entered the championships at -56kg but was bumped up to the next weight class and incredibly won two gold medals.
- Alex Fitzpatrick took Gold and Silver in the Under 12 years old section in Division one and two respectively.
- Paul Huish took bronze in the -63.5kg low kick section after a close fight withn Spain.
- Leona Trautt was edged out in a very close contest by a tough Ukraine girl who eventually won it out but Leona now has a World ranking of 4.
- Alicia Chambers won Gold in the Girls Under 10 years -31kg.
- Billie Maher won Silver in the Girls Under 10 years -40kg.
- Megan lennon took Gold in the Girls under 14 years +65kg.
- Brett Egan took Silver in the Mens Full Contact -86kg and Gold in the Low kick Section.
- Chloe Quinn defeated a Chinese girl to win Bronze.
- Scott Carey took Silver.
- Lisa Moloney took Silver in a cracking final against England.
- Jack Power took Silver in light contact and low kick.
- Aoife Peters and Mark Comerford were edged out in very close fights but gained invaluable international experience.
BOYS UNDER 6 YEARS MINUS 4 FEET
GOLD: NICK HANNON – LIMERICK COMBAT
SILVER: JIM DELANEY – LIMERICK COMBAT
BOYS UNDER 6 YEARS PLUS 4 FEET
GOLD: FINN FOLEY – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
SILVER: MARK CURTAIN – LIMERICK COMBAT.
BOYS UNDER 8 YEARS MINUS 4 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: CRAIG BOYLE – PMA, DUBLIN.
SILVER: MARTIN DELANEY – LIMERICK COMBAT.
BOYS UNDER 8 YEARS PLUS 4 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: JIM DELANEY – LIMERICK COMBAT
SILVER: MARKUSS ZEMBERG – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
BRONZE: XAVIER KOSVOMSKI – PHOENIX, TULLAMORE.
BOYS UNDER 10 YEARS MINUS 4 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: JAKE KAVANAGH – LIMERICK COMBAT
SILVER: JOSH MC HUGH - GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
BRONZE: BRANDON WARD – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
BOYS UNDER 10 YEARS PLUS 4 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: COLE BYRNE – WICKLOW MARTIAL ARTS
SILVER: KEELAN COSKELLY – PHOENIX, TULLAMORE.
BOYS UNDER 12 YEARS MINUS 5 FEET
GOLD: MARTIN DOYLE – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
SILVER: BRANDON WALSH – CARLOW BLACK DRAGON
BOYS UNDER 12 YEARS PLUS 5 FEET
GOLD: ALEX FITZPATRICK – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
SILVER: SCOTT CAREY – TIPPERARY FIGHT FACTORY
BRONZE: JOEY GALLAGHER – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
BOYS UNDER 14 YEARS MINUS 5 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: BEN PATTERSON – CHAMPIONS, BELFAST
SILVER: CONOR O BRIEN – WKA WATERFORD
BOYS UNDER 14 YEARS PLUS 5 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: BRADLEY BECK – CHAMPIONS, BELFAST
SILVER: JUSTIN STRONG – CARLOW BLACK DRAGON
BRONZE: DANIEL MC INERNEY – LIMERICK COMBAT
GIRLS UNDER 8 YEARS MINUS 4 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: FAITH FOLEY – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
SILVER: RIHANNA LYNCH – DEISE KICKBOXING, DUNGARVAN
BRONZE: FAINCHE JOYCE – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
GIRLS UNDER 10 YEARS PLUS 4 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: BILLIE MAHER – CARLOW BLACK DRAGON
SILVER: AISHA IKESE – COMBAT KICKBOXING, LAOIS
BRONZE: SOPHIE DELANEY – COMBAT KICKBOXING, LAOIS
GIRLS UNDER 12 YEARS MINUS 5 FEET
GOLD: (BY WALKOVER) – ISABELLA O CONNOR – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
GIRLS UNDER 12 YEARS PLUS 5 FEET
GOLD: ZARA WHITE – WKA WATERFORD
SILVER: ROBYN KING – WKA WATERFORD
BRONZE: MILLIE BUGGY – CARLOW BLACK DRAGON
GIRLS UNDER 14 YEARS MINUS 5 FEET SIX INCHES
GOLD: CAITLIN REDMOND – PMA DUBLIN
SILVER: SAMANTHA REDMOND – PMA DUBLIN
BRONZE: CHLOE DOOLEY – CARLOW BLACK DRAGON
GIRLS UNDER 17 – 55KG
GOLD: CHLOE QUINN – TIPPERARY FIGHT FACTORY
SILVER: CHLOE LAWLOR – KOMBAT GYM, MEATH
GIRLS U 17 -65KG
GOLD: (BY WALKOVER) CATHERINE JENNINGS
GIRLS U 17 +65KG
GOLD: (BY WALKOVER) MEGAN LENNON – DEISE KICKBOXING, DUNGARVAN
BOYS U 17 -54KG
GOLD: DARREN MORNING – BLACK DRAGON, DONEGAL
SILVER: LEE BYRNE – KOMBAT GYM, MEATH
BOYS U 17 -57KG
GOLD: DAVID GILMORE – CHAMPIONS BELFAST
SILVER: JAMES MC GARRY – LIMERICK COMBAT
BOYS U 17 -60KG
GOLD: PIERCE GALLIGAN – WICKLOW MARTIAL ARTS
SILVER: ZAK HEALY – LIMERICK COMBAT
BOYS U 17 -64KG
GOLD: ADAM ABDURAHAM – CARLOW TOP-PRO
SILVER: DAVID GILMORE – CHAMPIONS BELFAST
BOYS U 17 -67KG
GOLD: PAUL MC DONAGH – GALWAY BLACK DRAGON
SILVER: DAVID GILMORE – BELFAST
BOYS U 17 -81KG
GOLD: (BY WALKOVER) SIMON DELANEY – TIPPERARY FIGHT FACTORY
- WHO: Carlow Black Dragon.
- WHERE: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow, Ireland.
- WHAT: IKF Amateur Kickboxing & K-1.
- IKF Event Representative: Pete Foley.
- IKF Event Referee: Mick Burke.
- IKF Judges: Mick Bland, Paul Huish and Charlie Ward.
- Ringside Physician (MD): Dr. Maura Grummell
- IKF Timekeeper: Ryan Ali
- Promoter: Mr. Larry Brennan
IKF Promoter Larry Brennan, the chief coach of the Carlow Black Dragon Kickboxing Club, promoted the exciting “Chaos In Carlow 3” in the beautiful 4 Star Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow on Saturday Night (13 September).
With a total of 15 fights, one a demo, which included no less than four IKF All Ireland Title Fights in various rules styles, Larry certainly rocked the small South East of Ireland town and created an athmosphere that would be hard to beat anywhere.
IKF Ireland President Pete Foley praised Mr. Brennan for the good work he does in Carlow and further afield and presented him with his 2nd Dan Black Belt in recognition of his efforts.
Results as follows:
1/ IKF Junior Kickboxing: Brandon Walsh (Carlow) and Mark Mc Guire (Galway) fought to a draw. 19-19, 20-20, 20-20.
2/ IKF Junior Kickboxing: Chloe Collins (Galway) defeated Millie Walker (Carlow) by withdrawal in round two.
3/ IKF Junior kickboxing Demo: Billie Maher (Carlow) and Aoibhe Moran (Kilkenny) did a Junior Exibition Bout.
4/ IKF Junior Kickboxing: Lee Walsh and Alexander Wagner fought to a draw. 28-28, 29-28, 28-28.
5/ IKF Junior Kickboxing: Catherine Jenkins (Galway) and Chloe Dooley fought to a draw. 19-20, 19-19, 19-19.
6/ IKF Junior Kickboxing: Chloe Quinn defeated Nicole Chambers by withdrawal.
7/ IKF AM FCR JUNIOR LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT IRISH TITLE: Megan Lennon, Dungarvan, Ireland (5-2, 69kg, 5’8’’, 09-23-99, Vinny O Brien, 083 4218676) defeated Leah Cassels, Belfast, Ireland (4-2, 71.5kg, 5’4’’, 07-10-99, Robert Cassells, 07702704310) to win the vacant title. 48-47, 49-47, 49-46.
8/ IAB AM BOXING: Gary Elbert, Galway, Ireland (4-0, 65kg, 5’8’’, 04-30-81, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Graham O Neill, Carlow, Ireland (1-1, 63.5kg, 5’8’’, 04-23-89, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) by withdrawal after two rounds.
9/ IKF AM IR JUNIOR LIGHT CRUISERWEIGHT IRISH TITLE: Fiachra Bond, Wicklow, Ireland (5-0-1, 41.9kg, 4’11’’, 10-27-09, Stefan Moriarty, 087 7920186), defeated Cole Walker, Kilkenny, Ireland (6-1-1, 41.9kg, 4’11’’, 11-10-99, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) by judges decision to win the vacant title. 49-48, 49-49, 48-47.
10/ IKF AM FCR: Declan Holohan, Kilkenny, Ireland (2-3-1, 72.8kg, 5’9’’, 05-26-93, Bernard Doyle, 086 8175604) defeated Daniel Burke, Athlone, Ireland (0-3, 75kg, 5’7’’, 01-14-78, Martin Ward, 085 1825121 by judges decision. 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
11/ IKF AM FCR: Justin Strong, Carlow, Ireland (6-1-0, 61.7kg, 5’9’’, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) defeated Rytis Danielius, Waterford, Ireland (2-2, 59kg, 5’6’’, 10-03-00, Billy O Sullivan, 085 8589902) by judges decision. 30-27, 29-29, 30-27.
12/ IKF AM FCR: Dale Strong, Carlow, Ireland (5-2-1, 58kg, 5’10’’, 02-26-95, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083 defeated Robert Parle, Waterlord, Ireland (1-7-1, 56.5kg, 5’6’’, 03-01-95, Billy O Sullivan, 085 8589902) by withdrawal in round two.
13/ IKF AM FCR: Howard Buggy, Carlow, Ireland (2-0-1, 94kg, 5’9’’, 12-30-75, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) defeated Lee lynch, Athlone, Ireland (0-1, 97kg, 5’9’’, 11-11-88, Martin Ward, 085 1825121) by TKO in round one. Lee Lynch receives 30 day medical suspension.
14/ IKF AM FCR LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT IRISH TITLE: Derry Guinan, Tullamore, Ireland (6-5-2, 81.3kg, 5’10’’, 03-29-89, John Quigley, 086 6660474) defeated Mark Comerford, Carlow, Ireland (6-3, 79kg, 5’9’’, 04-12-92, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) by KO in round one to win the vacant title. Mark Comerford receives a 45 day medical suspension.
15/ IKF AM K-1 LIGHT CRUISERWEIGHT IRISH TITLE: Brett Egen, Dungarvan, Ireland (14-2, 82.5kg, 6’2’’, 05-16-86, Vinny o Brien, 083 4218676) defeated Ben Forsyth, Dublin, Ireland (3-2, 84.5kg, 6’3’’, 10-03-90, John Kavanagh, 087 6876641) by judges decision. 49-47, 58-47, 49-48 to win the vacant title.
What an event on Saturday night in the Menlo Park Hotel. Galway!!!
Every fight was quality, the title fights were off the chart - Boxing, Kickboxing, K-1 at the highest level, top class overseas fighters from France & the UK that were an absolute pleasure to deal with, the same to be said for all the fighters & coachs that travelled from all over Ireland, fantastic and extremely vocal fight fans, full to the neck house, fantastic music & sound system by Galways main man big Pa Murphy, top class refereeing and judging by our completely NEUTRAL Officials who also came from all over Ireland, everything was on cue, fight card went exactly to plan, free finger food handed out to the spectators midway through the show, fantastic teamwork from all our dedicated set up crew, door staff and corner staff, Interviews & podcasts by Galway Bay FM including professional commentary from John Mulligan and Clodagh Foley, top team of medics courtesy of the Order Of Malta that looked after all the fighters so well headed up by the fight doctor, Dr Maura Grummell, fighters were escorted to the ring by Sword Security who did a great job on crowd control, some class Technichal fights and fantastic knockouts & stoppages, new champions crowned, some tears & emotions, but most of all - Kickboxing in Galway is in an extremely healthy state and with fight nights like these, it really can't fail.
Pete Foley introduced the sport of Kickboxing to Galway in 1996 and since then the sport has gone through the roof - he has seen some amazing talent pass through the doors of Black Dragon over the last two decades and like a smooth as silk assembly line, the club just keeps churning them out.
Ten years old Josh Mc Hugh opened the show and was amazing winning all three rounds.
Jamie O Sullivan and Thomas Scarry, both clubmates, had a cracker of a White Collar Boxing match with Jamie getting the win.
Thirteen year old Wesley Ward won by KO in round two over Wexfords Brandon Maltby in what will surely be one of the KO's of the year.
Sarah Worsfold from the UK defeated Regina Fanning in an eliminator fight.
Gerry King stole the show with another crazy entrance and went on to get the win.
17 year old Saoirse Joyce from Knocknacarra destroyed her opponent Aisling Frayne from Wexford who was 10 years her senior, stopping her hard in the second round - Saoirse will fly to Italy in October with IKF team Ireland to fight in the Unified World Championships - the largest ever Martial Arts Games on the planet.
Leona Trautt made her boxing debut against a boxer from Cavin Boxing club and won a unanimous verdict.
Adam Keane from Tuam & Johnny Mc Donagh from Wexford had an absolute war with Johnny getting the nod and with it a shot at the Irish title.
Cian Mc Cormac from Kinvara (Sponsored by Joe Mc Cormack Electrical) won the Junior Irish K-1 Lightweight title by stoppage with KNEE strikes in the fourth round.
James Kelly from Athenry (sponsored by Western Beverages) & Catherine Cullinan from Claregalway (sponsored by Ballybrit Exhaust & Tyres and Core Fitness in Claregalway Hotel) were unlucky but put in fine performances that went to the wire.
Charlie Ward (Sponsored by Headmasters Barbers) does what Charlie does best - win fights in style and retained his IKF 5 Nations Crown by defeating teak tough two weight British Champion Gareth Evans from Romford by unanimous decision.
Paul Huish (sponsored by City & County Bouncy Castles) put the icing on the cake by winning the IKF K-1 Rules European Super Lightweight Title in a class main event against World class French fighter Jonathan Maine.
The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing club have a new adults beginners course starting on Tuesday 14 October at 7pm and booking can be made by calling 087 8119227.
The next show for Galway Black Dragon is the IKF Junior National Championships in the Oranmore Community Centre, Oranmore, Co. Galway on Sunday October 12.
"IKF International Fight Night"
Menlo Park, Ireland
- WHEN: Saturday, September 27th, 2014
- WHO: Mr. Pete Foley
- WHERE: Menlo Park Hotel, Menlo Park, Ireland
- WHAT: IKF Amateur KickboxingIKF Event Representative: Jennifer Baranyai
- IKF European K-1 Title Fight
- IKF Event Referees: Joe Wilson, Liam Og Griffin, John Quigley
- IKF Judges: Patrick Ryan, Vinny O Brien, Joe Wilson, Liam Og Griffin, John QuigleyIKF
- Timekeeper: Nicola Collins
- Ambulance Service: Order Of Malta
- IKF Ringside Physicians (MD): Dr. Maura Grummell