promoter and kickboxer Eddie Salmon was warned by his coach that
juggling the two disciplines is not good for one's health! Well
there were no signs of that as the Ards man won by a first round
TKO in front of his adoring fans
Salmon, a long-term student of Murray's Prokick Gym in Belfast launched
his first event in Comber (Sunday August 20th) and what a success
But Murray, who has been promoting and fighting for over 25 years,
said: "I've had a lot of fighters come through the ranks who
move on to becoming promoters of their own shows but it's a big
undertaking when the same promoter is actually fighting on his show,
Eddie handled the stress really well. I tried to take as much of
the promotion on but he rolled his sleeves up and got stuck right
Evidence that the stress of running an event can show in a competitor's
performance, didn't today - Eddie was busy putting final touches
this morning, acting as Master of Ceremonies then got in and topped
the bill of his own show - and won by overwhelming Derek Murphy
Comber Fight report in brief
Junior Demo Bouts ‘The Fab
David Bird (Lisburn) - Alex Clarke (Dublin)–
Tony & Joel Amos’ (Belfast) - Dean Jones (Dublin)
First up fight fans were thrilled by the fab five a new generation
of up-n-coming stars to the sport of kickboxing. It was a round
robin affair with a new fresh man or woman in every 30 second, this
thrilled the audience as the action was none stop but controlled.
Well done to all who entered.
Craig Challis (Larne) Vs Niall Mullen (The Loup) (Winner)
The Prokick fighter Craig Challis didn't have the return that he
was planning after three months out of the ring with a nose injury.
The popular Larne man was up against Mid Ulster's Niall Mullen in
a cruiserweight contest over two rounds. First round was pretty
even and with both kickers knowing what they have to do to get a
victory - it was the Golden Dragon man from Mid Ulster who came
out on top and landed some heavy shots that had the referee administer
a standing count to the Larne man. At the final bell it was Niall
Mullen on points on all three judges cards.
Stewart Ferry (Dungannon) Vs James Kennedy (Kilkenny)
James Kennedy Win by Walk over as Stewart Ferry phoned in on the
day, ruled out by a tummy bug. This is a match for the future. Gary
Hamilton stood up to the line and gave James Kennedy a work out
of his life just at 15 years old he can say that he shared the ring
with the WKN featherweight world Champion. After the demo bout Gary
presented James with a trophy to commemorate his travel to Comber
Robby Kirwan (Kilkenny ) Vs Warren Betts (Dublin)(Winner)
This was a closely fought fight with both young men giving their
all. Two great kids to watch out for in the future. Thanks to both
camps for travelling all the way from the south of Ireland for this
Stephen Allen (Belfast) Vs Gary Mcleary (Scotland)(Winner)
This was a battle of the big men. Stephen Allen weighed in at 140
kilo and Gary McCleary weighed in at 120 kilo. Scotland's Gary McCleary
wasn't afraid of Stephen Allen's reputation of being a heavy hitter.
McCleary took the fight to the Belfast man and landed some heavy
high kicks. At the end of the first round Allen's corner pulled
him out as he had some difficulty breathing and seemed to be in
some distress after having a low blow earlier in the fight. Although
Stephen didn't want the fight to be stopped, safety is paramount
and he'll just train a bit harder and I am sure he will be back
for more soon.
Darren Dougan (The Loup) Vs Ken Horan (Galway)
Two champions in their own right came together at Comber Leisure
Centre. One of world champion status and the other a Celtic Nations
champion and both in the same weight division. The all Celt affair
had the kickboxing audience on the edge of their seats, the three
rounder was part of a training warm up for fights in the future.
Thanks again to the pair for travelling so far just to get a couple
of rounds sparring.
- round robin
Aubrey Tarr (Belfast ) Vs Gary Hamilton Vs Barbara Delaney
Takes three to tango and that's exactly what happened when three
of Irelands top kickboxers came together it was like a dance or
as some said at ringside it was like poetry in motion. Gary Hamilton
and Aubrey Tarr worked the dubliner hard in an all action style
sparring. Barbara Delaney showed why she is one of the toughest
women on the kickboxing circuit.
The Kids ‘ProKick Says’ competition
This was shorter version of our normal kids monthly competition
this was really organised just to show the general public what the
kids in the gym are getting up to. They went through shadow boxing,
basic moves and multiple kicks competition which is as many kicks
on one leg without falling down or setting the other foot down.
Gary Jess (Saintfield)(Winner) Vs Peter
Debutant Gary Jess answered the call when he took on hard man Peter
Murphy from Kilkenny. Murphy is no stranger to the Prokick fighters
as he fought on the Bash 'n' Mash at the start of the year in the
Hilton Hotel. Jess took the fight to the Irish man by not allowing
him to work his hooks and boxing technique in the inside. The Saintfield
man kept him on a long leash using his kicks to great effect. When
the finally bell sounded the judges went in favour of the Prokick
fighter Gary Jess.
Brian Hannaway (Newry)(Winner) Vs
Novice Brian Hannaway was under pressure in the first round of his
battle with Scott Strachan. The Newry southpaw was under strict
instructions in round two to keep Scotland's Strachan at long distance,
and that he did by landing a clinical left round house kick across
the Scot's mid section leaving the referee no option but to give
Strachan a standing count. In the closing seconds of round two Hannaway
fired a high kick that wobbled the brave Scot and the referee jumped
in just as the bell sounded at the same time Alexander White (Coach)
threw the towel into the centre of the ring. Well done to both boys.
Eddie Salmon (Ards)(Winner) Vs Derek
The Ard's man Eddie Salmon was joint promoter, MC, Kids organiser
and guess what... fighter too. Salmon was caught hook line and sinker
with the sport
of Kickboxing in his first fight two years ago, however couldn't
compete again because of work commitments and a hand injury.
Salmon topped the bill at the packed Comber Leisure Centre where
he took on Kilkenny's Derek Murphy in a scheduled three rounder.
The Ard's man piled the pressure on in the opening round sending
Murphy to the canvas in the opening minute of round one. The tough
Kilkenny fighter under the direction of Tommy Quinn fired back with
some good stiff jabs. In the closing seconds of round one Eddie
went for gold after pinning Derek in the corner and unleashed a
barrage of heavy shots sending Murphy to the floor. Referee Robert
Masterson counted the Kilkenny warrior out. The Comber Leisure centre
ceiling nearly lifted off with the sound of the packed hall.
Thanks for everyone who travelled
to make the show possible. The sponsors the Comber Leisure Centre
staff and everyone who made the show a great success.
Bye for now, until we do it again next time.
Event co-coordinator - Fran Spence
MC Eddie Salmon & Billy Murray
Robert Masterson, Robin Stewart, Gary Longridge,
Robert Lyttle - Time keeper
Kick counter -Julie McCluskey & Andrea Hamilton
Photographers – Graeme Bolton & top female snapper Fran-tastic
First Aid - Doctor Michael Mullen, St John’s Ambulance
Billy’s Helpers - Ian Young , James Gillen and Adrian Clarke
Runners – Lisa McAlees & Kerry-Ann McCleneghan
Sound – DJ Colin ‘in Da House’
Prokick HQ Tel. 028 9065 1074
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