A host of famous names, including
former boxing champion Sam Storey and renowned artist Terry
Bradley, watched featherweight kickboxing king Gary Hamilton
knock out Belgian challenger Gregory Colassin in a top of
the bill clash at the weekend.
World Champion Hamilton took just
two rounds of their Clandeboye Lodge clash to show Colassin
why he is considered by some the best pound-for-pound kickboxer
in the world.
"I enjoyed it," said the
25-year-old south Belfast man. "I felt great going
into the ring. He’s a tall man, but I just stepped
inside his kick and got to him."
It was Hamilton’s punching
power rather than his renowned kick that did for Colassin.
After taking the first round to find his range, the outcome
was never in any doubt when his right hand had Colassin
on the canvas twice in the second.
"Gary is in the best shape
of his life," said his coach Billy Murray. "He
made short work of a tall man. He has sparring in training
with Sam Storey and that has taken his punching to a whole
new level. Gary’s win
here sets him up well for the rest of the year."
"Gary has dominated the WKN
division for a couple of years, so it’s the logical
step,” he said. “He is the best fighter I have
ever trained. We’re hoping to have the title unification
in Belfast in June."
It was a night of accolades for
Hamilton. The black-tie dinner event in Bangor on Friday
(March 5) was the annual Awards for ProKick – the
renowned east Belfast gym where Hamilton trains. His place
as the king of the gym was cemented when he was crowned
Fighter of The Year.
"I’m delighted to be
recognised like this, but really there are a dozen fighters
of the year in ProKick," said Hamilton. "It is
a great place to train, it has a wonderful atmosphere."
Also on the bill were two of Hamilton’s
training partners, Lydia Braniff and Andrew Grimason. Braniff,
the much fancied hope of the female fight game, went down
on points to Republic of Ireland challenger Lynn McEnery.
Braniff never got into her stride
and could not match McEnery’s punching or kicking.
But up-and-coming teenage light middleweight Grimaosn stopped
Ballymoney’s Darren Alexander in the second round
of their non-title clash.
"I’m sorry it didn’t
last longer and give the fans something more to see,"
said Grimason. "But he just couldn’t take the