IKF Promoter Mick Bland and his Top-Pro team once again enjoyed a full house at the beautiful 4 star Ormonde Hotel in Kilkenny City where they promoted their latest Full Contact event "Relentless".
Mick, who is without a doubt Ye Fair Citys top fight promoter, put together a 15 fight card that saw fighters from all over Ireland decend on the former Medievil Capital Of Ireland and some great contests were made.
The top of the bill saw local fighter and former IKF All Ireland Champ James Dunphy take on current IKF All Ireland Champ Eric Nolan from Dublin in a four round war which ended in a draw.
Results as follows:
1/ Ciaran Shanahan, Thurles, Ireland (2-1, 78kg, 6'2'', 10-27-97, PJ Mc Cool, 087 9359123) defeated Liam Delaney, Meath, Ireland (9-2-3, 80kg, 6'4'', 04-11-97, Mick Burke, 085 7249933) by judges decision. 29-28, 29-29, 29-28.
2/ Steven Heffernan, Wexford, Ireland (4-1, 86kg, 180cm, 07-16-87, brian Roche, 087 2036936) defeated Josh Mulhall, Carlow, Ireland (0-2, 86kg, 5'11'', 11-17-92, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) by judges decision. 29-27, 28-27, 28-28.
3/ Oisin Sweeney, Galway, Ireland (1-0, 79kg, 6'3'', 04-13-93, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Tshesko, Carlow, Ireland (0-1, 77kg, 6'1'', 12-25-90, Dermot Maher, 085 7180586) by judges decision. 28-30, 29-29, 27-30.
4/ Adam Abduraham, Carlow, Ireland (2-1, 61kg, 5'10'', 09-07-98, Dermot Maher, 085 7180586) defeated Patrick Stokes, 0-1, 64kg, 6', 02-04-98, by judges desicion. 29-25, 30-25, 29-27.
5/ Eoghan Curtain and Aaron fought an exibition fight to a draw.
6/ Shane Carter, Wexford, Ireland (1-0, 57.5kg, 180cm, 07-05-96, John Phillips, No Tel Number given) defeated Daniel Mulally, Kilkenny, Ireland (4-6-1, 57kf, 5'10'', 08-13-96, Mick Bland, 087 6118301) by withdrawal in round two.
7/ Johnny Mc Donagh, Wexford, Ireland (5-1, 68.5kg, 5'8'', 01-18-90, Brian Roche, 087 2036936) defeated Dermot O Rourke, Kilkenny, Ireland (6-6-2, 68kg, 5'7'', 12-17-76, Mick Bland, 087 6118301) by judges decision. 37-40, 36-40, 37-40.
8/ PJ Delaney (Top-Pro Kilkenny), defeated Ryan O Neill (Black Dragon, Carlow) in a Light Contact Junior Kickboxing bout by judges decision.
9/ Paul Mc Donagh (Black Dragon, Galway) defeated Aaron Bush (Top-Pro Kilkenny) in a light contact Junior Kickboxing bout by judges decision.
10/ Dylan Williams, Meath, Ireland (2-0, 67kg, 5'7'', 07-04-96, Mick Burke, 085 7249933) defeated Anthony Kirwan, Carlow, Ireland (0-1, 65kg, 5'8'', 03-03-98, Dermot Maher, 085 7180586) by TKO in round two.
IKF Ireland have issued Anthony Kirwan with a 30 day medical suspension until 27 November, 2013 due to the TKO.
11/ Paul Hayden (Top-Pro Kilkenny) defeated Tommy Lee Thompson (Carlow Black Dragon) by judges decision in a Junior Light Contact Kickboxing Bout.
12/ Holly Fennely, Carlow, Ireland (1-0, 54kg, 5'6'', 11-27-90, Dermot Maher, 085 7180586) defeated Rachel Mc Donald, Dublin, Ireland (0-1, 55kg, 5'6'', 11-26-87, Damien Crowther, 085 8393324) by judges decision. 28-29, 30-28, 30-27.
13/ Daniel Duggan, Waterford, Ireland (0-0-1, 75kg, 5'8'', 07-01-92, Billy O Sullivan, 085 8589902) and Aaron Mc Kenzie, Carlow, Ireland (2-1-1, 74.5kg, 5'9'', 12-10-89, Larry Brennan, 085 7560083) fought to a draw. 28-30, 29-29, 29-29.
14/ Cian Mc Cormack, Galway, Ireland (2-0, 57kg, 5'7'', 12-08-98, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Charlie Kennedy, Carlow, Ireland (1-2, 56kg, 5'7'', 09-01-98, Dermot Maher, 085 7180586) by judges decision. 27-29, 27-29, 27-29.
15/ James Dunphy, Kilkenny, Ireland (27-17-6, 72kg, 5'9'', 06-11-90, Mick Bland, 087 6118301) and Eric Nolan, Dublin, Ireland (11-2-2, 72kg, 5'8'', 07-27-93, Jimmy Courtney, 087 2968201) fought to a draw. 38-39, 38-38, 38-38.
Mick Bland and his team wish to thank everyone involved who made the show such a success and they look forward to the next one.
PLEASE NOTE: THE IKF JUNIOR ALL IRELAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE STILL ON THE 24 NOVEMBER, 2013 BUT THE LOCATION HAS CHANGED TO THE SPORTS CENTRE IN DUNGARVAN, CO. WATERFORD AND WILL BE PROMOTED BY MR. VINNY O BRIEN - 083 4218676.
THESE CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE OPEN TO EVERYONE, REGARDLESS OF AFFILLATION OR ASSOCIATION AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING A BIG TURNOUT FROM CLUBS ALL ACCROSS THE COUNTRY - LETS DO IT FOR THE KIDS!!
When: October 5th & 6th
Where: Dungarvan Sports Centre
What: Amatuer Full Contact
IKF Senior Novice All Irelands
IKF Promoter: Mr. Vinny O Brien
IKF Representative: Mr. Pete Foley
Medics: Red Cross
Doctor: Dr. Maura Grummell
Results are as follows from the IKF Senior Novice All Ireland Championships which were held in the Dungarvan Sports Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and promoted by IKF Secretary Mr. Vinny O Brien.
A fantastic day was had by all participants, some of who had up to three fights to win the gold and everyone benefited from the experience.
The championships were for novice fighters with no more than five fights experience in any full contact discipline, so everyone was on a reasonably level playing field and all fights were refereed and judged by completely neutral officials throughout the weekend who gave up their time freely for the good of the sport.
There was no complaints or issues on any decisions and everything ran very smoothly.
Big thanks to all the coach's and clubs who had the interest in their fighters to bring them along to "Walk the Walk" and also to the hard working officials (judges, referees, timekeepers etc), medical staff, Dr. Maura Grummell, the management of the Dungarvan Sports Centre, the IKF, the Deise Kickboxing set up crew and administration staff who worked tirelessly all weekend putting up three rings etc among other things and to anyone who helped in any way.
The fighters were awarded with top class medallions for their efforts and everyone went away happy.
Alice Slattery, Thurles
Gold: Lisa Moloney, Tipperary Fight Factory, Tipperary Town
Gold: Sharon Lynch, Deise Kickboxing Gym, Ennis
Ladies Light Welterweight:
Gold: Laura Bennis, Phoenix Gym, Ennis.
Silver: Majella Connolly, Thurles
Bronze: Rachael Ryan, Thurles.
Gold: Aoife Peters, Tipperary Fight Factory, Tipperary Town
Silver: Eilish Dunne: Phoenix Gym, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Gold: Lyndsey Graham, Phoenix Gym, Tullamore, Co, Offaly.
Silver: Michelle Muldowney, Top-Pro Gym, Kilkenny.
Bronze: Maria Rowe, Kinetic Gym, Wexford.
Gold: Josh Maules, Red Door Fitness Gym, Arklow
Silver: Dale Strong, Black Dragon Gym, Carlow
Bronze: Phoenix Gym, Ennis
Mens Light Welterweight:
Gold: Gavin Kavanagh, Red Door Fitness Gym, Arklow
Silver: Deise Kickboxing Gym, Dungarvan
Bronze: James Hennessey, Thurles
Gold: Paul O Brien, Limerick
Silver: Paul Dickinson, Black Dragon Gym, Galway
Mens Super Welterweight:
Gold: Johnny Mc Donagh, Kinetic Gym, Wexford
Silver: Johnny Kenny, Black Dragon Gym, Galway
Mens Light Middleweight:
Gold: Marc Mc Gettigan, Black Dragon Gym, Galway
Silver: Conor Murphy: Phoenix Gym, Ennis
Bronze: Sean Furlong, Kinetic Gym, Wexford
Bronze: Dylan Sheridan, Thurles
Gold: Declan O Brien, Northside Gym, Limerick
Silver: aaron Mc Kenzie, Black Dragon Gym, Carlow
Bronze: Nathan O Neill, Red Door Fitness, Arklow
Bronze: Ryan Ali, Black Dragon Gym, Galway
Mens Light Heavyweight:
Gold: Mark Comerford: Black Dragon Gym, Carlow
Silver: Brian Maher, Top-Pro Gym, Carlow
Gold: Ken Fitzpatrick, Phoenix Gym, Tullamore
Silver: Stephen Heffernan, Kinetic Gym, Wexford
Bronze: Josh Mulhall, Black Dragon Gym, Carlow
Gold: Tomas Jerputas, Celtic Gym, Carlow
Silver: Shane Maher, Top-Pro Gym, Carlow
IKF Promoter Craig Suttons impressive Tipperary Fight Factory is where he staged the Junior Light Contact Kickboxing event on Sunday. The event was attended by clubs from all around the country and Craig wishes to thank all those who showed up to "walk the walk" and in particular, to the coachs and referees who helped out with the smooth running of the event. Big well done to all the young future superstars who all came away with a nice medal whether they won, lost or drew. The next big outing for the Juniors is the IKF Junior National Championships which will be held in Kilkenny on Sunday November 24.
IKF/IAB Promoter: Mr Shane Brimstone
IKF/IAB Representative: Mr. Joe Wilson
Venue: Mahons Hotel, Irvinestown.
"The International Kickboxing Federation Ireland recently sanctioned their first kickboxing promotion North of the border in the small Fermanagh town of Irvinestown. The event was hosted by Mr. Shane Brimestone, Head Coach at Immortal Fermanagh MMA. The fight card was stacked with several amateur K-1 style bouts as well as several White Collar Boxing bouts. The fights were contested by a number of visiting clubs from across Northern Ireland, including: Rapid Fire MMA, Kcam kickboxing, Dungannon kickboxing club and CB Martial Arts.
1/ Lisa Leonard and Lisa Stride fought to a draw in their IAB Boxing match. 30-30, 28-29, 30-29.
2/ Robert Mc Clintock defeated Chris Stride by TKO in Round Two of their IAB bout.
IKF Ireland have issued Chris Stride with a 30 day medical suspension until 20th October, 2013 due to the TKO.
3/ Benny Stewart defeated Albert Kaczor by judges decision in their IAB bout. 29-28, 30-29, 28-29.
4/ Linsey Moore defeated Clare Mc Gann by judges decision in their IAB bout. 27-30, 29-29, 28-30.
5/ Leona Carson defeated Kerri Edgar by judges decision in their IAB bout. 28-29, 29-29, 27-30.
6/ Robert Farrell defeated Clive Connolly by TKO in the first round of their IAB bout.
IKF Ireland have issued Clive Connolly with a 30 day medical suspension until 20th October, 2013 due to the TKO.
7/ Alan Hanna defeated Meryvn Mc Cleary by judges decision in their AM K-1 Rules bout. 28-30, 28-30, 27-30.
8/ Jamie Mc Aleese and Daniel Balau fought to a draw in their AM K-1 bout. 29-30, 29-29, 29-29.
9/ Gerard Doran defeated Ciaran Mc Grellis by judges decision in their IAB bout. 29-29, 29-28, 29-28.
10/ Nerijus Kungys defeated Matiusz by TKO.
IKF Ireland have issued Clive Connolly with a 30 day medical suspension until 20th October, 2013 due to the TKO.
11/ Tony Quinn defeated Luke Mc Andrews by judges decision in their AM K-1 bout. 28-29, 28-30, 27-30.
The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing club promoted a great night of kickboxing on Saturday night in the Menlo Park Hotel - class atmosphere and some fantastic fights.
The show kicked off with 3 junior light contact kickboxing bouts which was an all Galway affair between Black Dragon & our good friends at AR Kickboxing who had a great support there.
AR took two wins out of the three and have some cracking juniors coming through.
Fawad Noonan and Cian Mc Cormacs fights were cancelled on Saturday morning - they were due to fight two teenagers from Churchfield Thaiboxing in Cork but the fights were pulled with no reason or explanation from the Cork camp just hours before the show started.
The two boys hopped in and did a low kick exhibition bout however and went down a treat.
James Kelly was unlucky but put in a good performance and Gerry King once again put the fight fans in a frenzy with his spectacular and ever entertaining entrance.
Gerry may be a showman but he also proved he can fight as he won in fine style against a strong, fit Kilkenny fighter Eoghan Curtain.
Gerry was originally matched with a Churchfield Thai Boxer from Cork but once again they never showed up with no explanation or even an excuse but thankfully Kilkenny took the bout on short notice and Gerry had his day in the Ring
Liam Wells from the UK had a class victory over Dublins Paul Gallagher and British Champion Patrick Halforty from TKO in Kent defeated Irish Champ Brett Egan by TKO in round two with a cracking right hand to lift the vacant IKF 5 Nations Cruiserweight Title.
Catherine Cullinan put in an amazing performance against a determined Sarah Kiely from Dungarvan and won in fine style and James Ward was in Flying form as he stopped Michael Coyle from Derry in spectacular fashion with textbook kicks and punches that came from every concieveable angle.
Adam Keane from Tuam and Tullamores David Rusinak had a fantastic tear up in one of the most exciting fights of the night which was an over and back war and ended in a draw.
This was an eliminator fight to see who goes forward to fight Donegals Stephen Doherty for the Irish Super Welterweight Title later in the year so Keane and Rusinak will have to do it again, perhaps in Kilkenny in October as Kilkennys top coach & promoter Mick Bland from the highly respected Top Pro gym jumped at the chance to put on such a super rematch in his upcoming event in the 4 Star Ormonde Hotel in ye fair city.
Doherthy won the first eliminator fight last week in Carlow when he knocked out former ISKA champion Darren Cummins from Dublin and is looking strong.
European champion Gary Manogue took a unanimous victory against a teak tough Gareth Evans who is the current British No. 1 Seed and once again this fight had the fans on their feet and proved to be a valuable four rounds against a pedigree opponent for Manogue ahead of his upcoming World Title fight on December 7th in Leisureland.
Bryan Merrigan gave a master class in K-1 in the main event when he successfully defended his All Ireland title to Cork Thaiboxer Dave Walsh who certainly didn't come to Galway to make up the numbers.
In typical Muay Thai Fashion, Walsh dominated in the clinch and used good knee strikes but Merrigan landed some excellent low kicks and huge right hand bombs on Walshs chin that would have knocked a horse and also some class head kicks.
All credit to the Cork fighter, he can certainly take a punch.
Merrigan checked all of Walshs low kick attacks like a seasoned pro and dropped him like a stone in the 5th round for an 8 count and at the final bell he was announced as winner and still the IKF All Ireland Super Welterweight K-1 Champion.
Bryan will also have a big fight announcement soon as he will fight alongside his stablemate Gary Manogue on a super show in Leisureland, Galway on December 7th.
Black Dragon and the IKF would like to say a huge thanks to all fighters, coaches, officials, glove runners, medical staff, Dr Maura Grummell, Menlo Park Hotel management & staff, fight fans, MC Alan, DJ Pa and indeed anyone who helped make the night such a success.
Now - time to start promoting the mega show in Leisureland on December 7 which has already been promised TV coverage. Onwards & upwards!
1/ JUNIOR KICKBOXING
Alex Fitzpatrick from Galway defeated Matthew Flaherty from Galway by judges decision.
2/ JUNIOR KICKBOXING
Chelsea Devaney from Galway defeated Catherine Jennings by judges decision.
3/ JUNIOR KICKBOXING
Josh Curtain from Galway defeated Wesley Ward from Galway by judges decision.
4/ Fawad Noonan from Galway and Cian Mc Cormac from Galway did an AM IR Exibition bout resulting in a draw.
5/ JUNIOR KICKBOXING
Darren Morning from Donegal defeated James Kelly by judges decision.
6/ AM FCR LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT
Gerry King, Galway, Ireland (5-5-3, 72kg, 5'10'', 02-02-75, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Eoghan Curtain, Kilkenny, Ireland (1-3-1, 71kg, 5'10'', 09-01-87, Mick Bland, 087 6118301) by judges decision. 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
7/ AM FCR FEATHERWEIGHT
Catherine Cullinan, Galway, Ireland (9-5-1, 57.5kg, 5'4'', 11-27-82, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Sarah Kiely, Dungarvan, Ireland, 57.8kg, 5'3'', 03-18-93, Vinny O Brien, 083 4218676) by judges decision. 39-38, 39-38, 39-37.
8/ AM FCR LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT
Liam Wells, Essex, UK (9-1, 65kg, 5'10'', 01-18-95, Paul Green, 0044 7852 131888) defeated Paul Gallagher, Dublin, Ireland (3-4, 65kg, 6'1'', 12-03-92, Jimmy Courtney, 087 2968021) by judges decision. 26-30, 26-30, 27-30.
9/ AM FCR FEATHERWEIGHT
James Ward, Galway, Ireland (13-2, 57kg, 5'7'', 12-20-95, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Michael Coyle, Derry, Ireland (1-4, 55kg, 5'6'', 01-20-95, China Coyle, 07704000632) by stoppage in round two.
IKF Ireland have issued a 30 day suspension to Michael Coyle until 21st October, 2013 due to the stoppage.
10/ IKF AM FCR 5 NATIONS CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE
Patrick Halforty, Maidstone, UK (11-1, 88kg, 6'2'', 03-30-79, Colin Payne, 07912 577773) defeated Brett Egan, Dungarvan, Ireland (8-2, 85.5kg, 6'2'', 05-16-86, Vinny O Brien, 083 4218676) by KO in round two to win the vacant IKF AM FCR 5 NATIONS CRUISERTWEIGHT TITLE.
IKF Ireland have issued a 45 day suspension to Brett Egan until 5th November, 2013 due to the KO.
11/ IKF AM FCR SUPER WELTERWEIGHT (ELIMINATOR BOUT)
Adam Keane, Galway, Ireland (5-4-2, 68.7kg, 5'9'', 07-20-91, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) and David Rusinak, Tullamore, Ireland (3-1-2, 69.5kg, 5'10'', 04-01-94, John Quigley, 086 6660474) fought to a draw. 39-38, 37-39, 38-38.
12/ IKF AM FCR SUPER WELTERWEIGHT
Gary Manogue, Galway, Ireland (24-1, 71kg, 6'1'', 05-28-81, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Gareth Evans, Essex, UK (8-3, 71kg, 5'8'', 04-20-82, Paul Green, 07852 131888) by judges decision. 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.
13/ IKF AM K-1 SUPER WELTERWEIGHT ALL IRELAND TITLE DEFENCE
Bryan Merrigan, Galway, Ireland (14-7-1, 69.5kg, 5'10'', 05-02-83, Pete Foley, 087 8119227) defeated Dave Walsh, Cork, Ireland (8-4, 69.5kg, 6'1'', 10-03-80, Liam Og Griffin, 086 1019937) in a successful defence of his IKF ALL IRELAND SUPER WELTERWEIGHT K-1 TITLE. 50-45, 49-46, 50-44.