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Peter Foley's Rumble In The Bay



All the French team are happy lifting the world Pro-am title - new Champion Eric Schmitt
Wexford’s Sean ‘Super Kick’ Collier is the toast of Europe this week after being crowned the WKN European Light Heavyweight champ.
The rising star convincingly beat Frenchman Bernard Merche at the ‘Rumble In The Bay’ in Galway Leisureland last Sunday (October 26).
The former world amateur champion beat Merche on an unanimous points decision. It was Merche’s first defeat in over 40 outings. He was the first to acknowledge Collier’s victory lifting his arm aloft to proclaim him champion before the judges had totted up the score cards.
The victory now puts him in line for a shot at the world title. He’s the first Irishman ever to challenge in the Heavyweight division.

Meanwhile, Galway’s Owen ‘Feet of Fla mes’ Flatley saw his title dreams extinguished when he was beaten by French star Eric Schmitt. As always Flatley showed true grit and determination battling to the final bell, but the judges decision was unanimous.

In the final bout, Clodagh Dougan also from Galway came through a tough five round encounter with Nadege Szikora to lift the WKN pro/am bantamweight title.

It was a fighter on the under-card - petite Belfast postal worker Lydia Braniff - who was the toast of the kickboxing stars gathered on the west coast.
The pocket dragon, who fights at Atomweight, continued her climb up the ranks of female kickboxing with a decisive points win over Galway’s Anne Connelly.
"Make no mistake, Lydia may be the lightest fighter we have at Prokick but when she steps into the ring, she unleashes a hidden dragon," said her coach Billy Murray of Belfast’s ProKick gym. "She is very powerful, she is only 26 and she has a brilliant future ahead of her in the sport."
Braniff won her first competitive fight in Belfast’s Ulster Hall in September. She is one of a growing number of women who have decided to follow kickboxing and step into the ring.
She travelled to Galway with her ProKick team-mate Andrew Grimason. Grimason – a young footballer star turned kickboxing title hope - is starting to live up to expectations with a spectacular win in only his second fight.
The 18-year-old stopped experienced journeyman John Walsh in the first round of his bout in Galway on Sunday (October 26).

Fight fans keen to see competitive kickboxing at the highest level, should head to the Ulster Hall in Belfast on December 22. The ‘KICKmas Box’ extravaganza will see two of the north’s world Champions – Gary Hamilton and Gary Noade – lay their titles on the line in two explosive clashes.
A full under-card pits the best of local talent against a host of European rising stars.
As a special Christmas treat for Kickboxing and fight fans, there will be a limited number of ‘KICKmas Box’ family tickets available. A group of four, two adults and two children - can pick up a ticket for just £25 – that’s a 50% saving. Tickets otherwise are £15 - £25 ringside. Tickets are available through ProKick and affiliated gyms on 028 90 651074 For further details, go to

Andrew (Left) & John (right)
Anne Kicking back
Andrew punching
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