THE GLAMOUR WORLD of Formula 1 racing is set to collide with
Irish kickboxing this winter.
An Irish team, led by kickboxing figurehead Billy Murray,
will travel to Villars in Switzerland on November 4 for an
international WKN event against a Swiss select. Villars, nestling
in the beautiful Swiss Alps, is the favoured hideaway bolthole
of Scottish F1 legend David Coulthard – and there is
every chance he’ll be in town to see the kickboxing
“The event is a co-promotion between former world champ
Carl Emery and Claude Oehrli, owner of a restaurant called
Rotisserie Des Alpes,” explained Murray. “When
Coulthard is in town he likes to stop by the local restaurants
and Carl tells me that during the winter he gets there as
often as he can. We’ve had stars like Marvin Hagler
ringside at kickboxing events and recently at the USA K1 Bruce
Willis took in some action too, so I wouldn’t be at
all surprised to see Coulthard there. We might even get him
into the ring to present some of the winners’ belts!”
The event will be tough for the Irish competitors. It is at
over 1,300m altitude, something they will not be used to.
However, the thought of thin air in the mountains isn’t
phasing local hero Gary Hamilton.
“I’ve fought in the heat of Spain and in the bear-pit
atmosphere of Eastern Europe – by the time of this show,
I’m going to be in prime condition,” he said.
“My coach has introduced a gruelling new training regime
called Billy’s Boot Camp. It’s the hardest training
I’ve ever seen. We’re up at 6.30am six days a
week for a run, then circuits of the gym. And that’s
before normal daily training.”
He added: “He introduced it before a recent event in
Belfast and the difference in the fitness of our fighters
and those who hadn’t been through the boot-camp was
dramatic. We’ll be doing it again ahead of the event
in Switzerland. I’ve heard people say that Formula One
is a physically demanding sport. Well, it hasn’t got
anything on kickboxing and when David Coulthard is ringside,
If any supporters of the Irish team
are interested in travelling to Villars in Switzerland they
can find out more at www.villars.ch - We will have lots on
this as the event develops.
Any Kickboxing up'n'coming fighters interested in travelling
with the team contact Billy Murray at info@ProKick.com
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