“Bash 'n' Mash ”
FORMER football star Ian Young topped his
first fight card in front of his Irish league former team mates.
Younger, as he is known by his team mates, squared up against tough
Portuguese Fernando Martins last night at the Billy Murray Bash
'n' Mash at the Hilton hotel. A packed house cheered on the former
Irish league star to a second round TKO. This was Young's fifth
outing as a kickboxer, and he can't wait for the next one, "I
trained very hard for the fight and I was looking to put in a really
good performance for all my old team mates that turned out tonight,
I was a bit confused when the referee walked over and raised my
arm, I thought I was just getting into the fight and didn't want
it to end, it is such an adrenaline rush when you actually compete
on your own without the support of ten others, can't wait until
the next one."
Hamilton was back on form after getting the nod from all
three judges. the Belfast World champion weighted in at 63 kilo
where his opponent, another Belfast man, Aubrey Tarr weighed in
at 62.5kg Gary showed why he is featherweight world champion exhibiting
some great skills over four rounds however, credit must be given
to the North Belfast man Tarr when he stood up to the line and took
the fight at short notice what Tarr lacked in skill he made up in
brawn taking some of Hamilton's best kicks and punches and shrugging
it off with smiles and taunts. This would make a tremendous domestic
rematch over a longer duration so both boxers could test each other.
There was a scary moment for Tarr as the doctor was called to ringside
mid way through the second for a nasty swelling on Tarr's right
eye, the doctor decided that the fight could continue and it was
left up to the judges at ringside. There was only one winner and
that was the Belfast boy Gary Hamilton.
Belfast Thai fighter Mark Hennessy scraped a narrow
victory over Swiss fighter Mickael Magliano some ringsiders thought
that Mark would of edged a draw over the experienced Mickael Magliano
but the team was pleased when he got the nod from two judges with
one splitting to the Swiss fighter,this was a very close fight,
tit for tat, Mark being the better on the boxing and Mickael being
that bit sharper with the low kick. Both kickers put on a fantastic
display of Thai style fighting.
Other big names on the card were Lydia Braniff and Barbara Delaney
put on a dazzling display making a statement that anything the men
can do the girls can do better of what two woman can do in a ring.
Craig Challis was unlucky after sustaining a cut
after and accidental head clash in his first fight with Kilkenny's
hard man Peter Murphy. The match was ruled a non contest. This would
be a good match for the future as it was shaping up to be an exciting
Ross Jess met Stevie Quinn from Kilkenny, the
two boxers gave it their all over two rounds and the judges couldn't
split them, both boys went home happy that they didn't lose.
Belfast's Adrian Clarke also settled with a draw
against Magherafelt's Aiden Smith. This was a tough fight from the
first bell, ringsiders thought that Clarke done enough to win but
the judges didn't see it that way. Well done to both fighters.
Thanks for everyone that took part from the Prokick kids to all
our kickboxers that unfortunately didn't get a fight but at least
got into the ring to let some steam off. Big thanks our new referee
Mark Irvine and our experienced Ref and coach Tommy Quinn from Kilkenny
and our foreign visitors Mickael Magliano from Switzerland and Fernando
Martins from Portugal - The Hilton hotel and you the fight fans.
Till we do it again keep your hands up and your chin down.
Results in brief
Ross Jess (Dromore) v Steven Quinn (Kilkenny)
Brain Hannaway (Newry ) Vs Darren Dougan (The Loup)
Adrian Clarke (Belfast) Vs Aiden Smith (The Loup)
Craig Challis (Larne) Vs Peter Murphy (Kilkenny)
No Contest 1st round - referee stopped fight due
Super heavyweight Demo bout
Martin Connolly (Carrickfergus) Vs Peter Rusk (Carrickfergus)
Mark Hennessy (Winner Points) (N. Ireland) Vs Mickael
Gary Hamilton (Winner on points)
Vs Aubrey Tarr (Ballysillan)
Ian Young (Winner) (Belfast) Vs Fernando Martins
Martins corner abandoned fight in the 2nd round due to an injury
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