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‘Belfast Express’ Andrew Grimason continued on his climb up the kickboxing ladder


‘Belfast Express’ Andrew Grimason continued on his climb up the kickboxing ladder with a convincing performance in Geneva, Switzerland this week.

The 18-year-old defeated experienced Swiss contender Sami Fathallah in a three round non-title clash.

Grimason led an all Ireland team to the Swiss city taking on some of the best amateurs from across Europe in the Post Tenebris Cup.

In a tough fight, Grimason –with just two fights under his belt against the more experienced fighter. With killer, non-stop fist-feet combinations, he at times looked as though he would win inside the distance. The gritty Fathallah held on right to the final bell.

“It was the hardest fight I’ve had yet,” said Grimason. “It was in front of a tough Swiss crowd who were right behind their man. But I just kept going and knew I had to win. I can’t wait to get back inside the ring. The promoters and all the Swiss people we met were so nice, it was a brilliant trip I loved it there.”

“This was a tough test for Andrew,” said his coach Billy Murray. “Sami is a wily fighter who has been around for a time. He made Andrew really work, it will toughed him up and taught him more about ring craft. The Belfast Express is right on track for an Ulster Title fight at Ulster Hall Kickmas Box on December 22 .”

At that fight, billed as a festive feast of fists and feet, Grimason will take on Ballymena’s Albert Crooks for a vacant WKN Ulster welterweight title.

Meanwhile, only one of Grimason’s team-mates fared as well as he did. Welterweight Willie Burke from Waterford beat Swiss/Moroccan Nabil Belhi on points. Burke’s brother Martin couldn’t match his sibling’s success. He went down against German Tobi Krauss. Grimason’s ProKick training partner Paul Armitage lost on points after a gritty display against Croatian Bashkim Rexhepi and Belfast fighter Aubrey Torr was beaten by Perparim Bytiqy.

Tickets for the Kickmas Box , which will see Ireland World Champions Gary Hamilton and Gary Noade top the bill, at the Ulster Hall on December 22 are going fast. Already, all special offer family tickets have been snapped up.

Ticket, £15 - £25 ringside, are available through ProKick and affiliated gyms, or by calling 24 hour Ticketline on 02890651074. They are also available from the Ulster Hall box office 02890 323900.

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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 Geneva -

From: Billy Murray, Andrew Grimason , Willie Burke and brother Martin, Grimason’s ProKick training partner Paul Armitage and finally Aubrey Tarr .

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