Country Derry Man is Ready”
champion Gary Hamilton believes County Derry man Darren Dougan is
ready to make kickboxing history for the north-west.
Popular Loup-based fighter Dougan will challenge for the Celtic
super-middleweight in just his 10th competitive outing in the ring.
Hamilton, who will compete in Geneva on May, has been helping Dougan
prepare for his big occasion at the Prokick Gym in Belfast.
“Darren is fairly new to the kickboxing game after spending
years in Kung Fu but you would think he’s been at it a long
“His progress has been swift and he deserves his shot at the
Celtic title. He had a great win in Scotland (over the experienced
Sean Wanless last month) and I think he’s bursting with confidence.”
Dougan will headline the May 14 Next Generation: Mayhem II show
at The Loup and the quiet man of the sport said: “The day
cannot come quick enough. I’ve been going over the fight in
my head, in my sleep, in everything I do. I’m told it’s
a special feeling to have a championship belt, so I am keen to get
it and go on and win as many as I can.
“This time last year I would never have imagined myself fighting
for a domestic title but I must have impressed along the way. I
never even considered myself fighting as a kickboxer, so to win
a title in a sport I feel I’m still learning would be a good
Dougan’s corner-man, former four-time world champion Billy
Murray, said: “Darren is credit to kickboxing. He dedicates
himself to learning the ways of kickboxing and, as a natural in
the art of combat, he has adjusted well. I have no doubt he can
win the Celtic title. It would a superb feat in just his 10th fight
to say that he is the best in the Celtic ranks. After that, he can
go for the British title.”
Tickets for Mayhem II are available now, priced at £7.50
adult and £2.50 for children.