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Gary Noade has sensationally announced that his next fight will be his last.


Gary NoadeProkick's kickboxing amatuer world champion Gary Noade has sensationally announced that his next fight will be his last.

The Downpatrick dynamo, who has held the WKN amateur welterweight title since November last year, will hang up his gloves after an encounter with much-fancied Larne man Wilson Snoddy at the Kickmas Box on December 22 at the Ulster Hall.

Veteran Noade made the announcement after coming off second best in a warm-up bout in Barcelona on Sunday. Noade was beaten by Spaniard Alex-Joe Baena in a bruising encounter. He fought under Full Muay Thai rules, a very different discipline to the Full Contact rules under which he holds his world title. He took the fight to Beana and put on a gutsy show, pushing the technically superior Spaniard the entire five round distance. But in the end, the judges decision was no surprise.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Noade. “Fighting under Thai rules after full contact is like playing rugby after following a successful career in soccer. But its something I have long wanted to do to complete my career in Kickboxing. I've been thinking about retirement for some time. Keeping up the level of training needed to remain at the top of the tree is a tremendous commitment, so I’ve decided to bring the curtain down after the Christmas bout. I’ve been involved in the fight game for 20 years and I’m going to go out on high in front of local fans in Belfast .”

“That was one of the toughest fights I have ever seen,” said Billy Murray, Noade’s coach. “That sort of fighting allows use of the elbows and the knees. I’ve seen bigger men than Gary wilt under the sort of blows Baena rained down. It was a bone-crunching encounter. Gary is obviously disappointed but I think he can take great heart as he has never fought under Thai rules before. When he gets in front of the Ulster Hall crowd in December, then the real Gary will emerge and he will retire as world champion.”

It had been thought that Noade would go for one last fight against Scottish star Douglas Morrison, but this plan has now been shelved.

Hamilton lost in the 4thProKick team-mate Gary Hamilton. The WKN world featherweight champion moved up two divisions to light welterweight to meet Oscar Biel in a non-title clash. Hamilton had hoped the Spaniard’s weight advantage would not be a deciding factor and he had the measure of Biel for two rounds. But the Spaniard, light Welterweight world champion, put together some stinging punch and round-house kicks in the fourth, before connecting with a series of punches followed by an unstoppable left kick to knock-out the the 23 year old Belfast world champion..
“Gary looked like he had him in the early rounds, but Biel’s superior weight and strength told in the end,” said Billy Murray. “Gary is tough and this just hardens his resolve to do the business at the Kickmas Box.”

The December event, billed as a festive feast of fists and feet, will see Gary wave his farewell as top of the bill attraction.

Rising stars such as ‘Belfast Express’ Andrew Grimason and Lydia ‘Pocket Dragon’ Braniff will also take to the ring.

Tickets, £15 - £25 ringside, are available through ProKick and affiliated gyms, or by calling 02890651074. They are also available from the Ulster Hall box office 02890 323900

(Left) Gary Hamilton (right) gary Noade
Both Gary N and Gary H enjoy and day at the rambles in the center of Barcelona

At the weight-in with Gary Noade

Noade in action

At the weight-in with Gary Hamilton

A very special thanks to the promoter. The WKN Rep's, and helpers connected with the event - for an enjoyable and hospitable stay in the beautiful city of Barcelona -

Billy Murray

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