Galway's world kickboxing hopeful
Ken Horan was narrowly defeated in his thunderous clash
with middleweight world champion Ruairi Burke in Kilkenny
last Sunday (February 15).
There were no late Valentine cards
swapped between the fighters as Horan – a training
partner of GAA All Star Michael Donnellan - came within
a point of beating the heavily backed favourite in Burke’s
last fight as an amateur before turning professional.
“It was a tremendous event
to kick off 2004,” said Billy Murray,“It’s
without doubt one of the best events I’ve been to
in the Republic of Ireland – certainly the best that
Paul Cummins has ever run.
World champion Vinny Diruso emerged
‘Lord Of The Ring’ when he came through three
light middleweight fights to emerge ‘King Of The Ring’
and walk away with the winner-takes-all purse of 1000Euros.
He beat Sligo’s Joe Hagan in the fourth round of their
John Paul Somes delighted
the 1,000 fans packed into the auditorium by beating France’s
Eric Schmitt to take the Light welterweight world title.
ProKick’s Michael Harkins shone a torch for fighters
from prokick as he comfortably beat Waterford’s Fred
Healey in their super-middleweight clash.
The Lisburn man pounded Healey
into submission. Healey’s corner threw in the towel
just before the end of the third. It was both men’s
For a full fight report on the ‘Lord
Of The Ring’ log onto www.WKNireland.com