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'The rich and famous collided with Irish kickboxing
at the weekend.'

THE GLAMOUR WORLD of the rich and famous collided with Irish kickboxing last weekend.
An Irish team, led by kickboxing figurehead Billy Murray, travelled to Villars in Switzerland
(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.
“The event was a co-promotion between former world champ Carl Emery and Claude Oehrli,
owner of a restaurant called Rotisserie Des Alpes,” explained Murray.
The full-contact team  L-R
"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.”
The event was tough for the Irish competitors. It is over 1,500m altitude, something they were not used to. However, the thought of thin air in the mountains didn't phase local hero Gary Hamilton.
“I’ve fought in the heat of Spain and in the bear-pit atmosphere of Eastern Europe – Villars was tough for all of us but we all got through it and had a great time, We were all in prime condition
Special thanks to Carl Emery, Claude Oehrli and Serge Beslin for their hospitality and a well run event - we all look forward to returning next year for 'Punch on the Rocks II'.

Punch on the Rocks– Villars

Results In Brief

Gary Hamilton (Winner Points)vs. Cédric Moyon
Carrickfergus (Irlande du Nord) Toulouse (France)
63 kg – professional – 5 x 2 minutes
ary Hamilton returned to form, after being disapointed last month on not being able to return to boxing. His angst was short lived as he headed an international event in Villars. He faced talented Moyon from France in a thrilling 5 rounder. Hamilton seemed rusty in the opening rounds but found his feet in the fourth and fifth flooring the frenchman on two separate occasions and to take the nod from all three judges.

Ken Horan
(Winner Points) vs. Alain Pinel
Galway (République d’Irlande) Toulouse (France)
76 kg - 3 x 2 minutes
Ken Horan, ProKick's adopted son, took his second fight in less than one week - first up he defended his WKN Middleweight crown beating Julien Pinel on points and just four days later jumped on a plane to Switzerland and headed to the scenic ski location of Villars. The Hitman Horan then faced another Frenchman Alain Pinel ( Not related) and won on points after the referee giving the tough Pinel a count of eight.

Ian Young vs. Luca Staeger (Winner Points)
Saintfeld (Irlande du Nord) Carouge (Suisse)
70 kg – 3 x 2 minutes
If winning a British title last month wasn't enough - Ian Young was back in action in just a week. The Saintfield man took the fight at short notice to be part of an all Ireland assault against the Swiss. the bout turned out to be a rematch against an old foe Lucas Staeger. Young Gun, Ian managed a draw in the UN's Capital back in May 2006. "Ringside judges definitely got it wrong this time out." said Murray "The fight was very close and in my opinion Ian was the busier of the two landing the cleaner shots and pressing forward. The only difficult round he had was in the second and I would have scored that even as well."

Mark Hennessy vs. Mickael Magliano (Draw)
Belfast (Irlande du Nord) Martigny (Suisse)
76 kg – 3 x 2 minutes
Belfast's Mark Hennessy found himself up against Mickael Magliano for the 2nd time in the events only low leg kick bout. Hennessy started strong in the first but found the altitude a little too much to bear, The North Belfast man managing only to scrape a draw this time out. Perhaps now a third match will be on the card for the two talented Thai free stylists.

Darren Dougan vs. Sacha Vetterli (Winner Points)
Loup (Irlande du Nord) Genève (Suisse)
78 kg – 3 x 2 minutes
The Loups Darren Dougan received fight of the night for a well fought battle. The Derry man clearly won the first round but was caught with a hard kick in the 2nd which landed him on the canvas forcing a count. With true fighting spirit he fought back to the best of his ability until the final bell, Dougan lost on a close points verdict. The was the 'Man from the Loup's' first international and he showed just what he was made off!


Jamie Crawford vs. Farid Mlaikia (Draw)
Belfast (Irlande du Nord) Genève (Suisse)
76 kg – combat professionnel - 5 x 3 minutes
Belfast's Jamie Crawford travelled with the Prokick team to take on Geneva's Farid M'Laikia. The pair didn't disapoint the packed venue in Villars as they put on a great display of Mauy thai. It was a see-saw bout with judges unable to separate the pair. Lets hope fight fans will get a chance to see this fight in Belfast.

If any supporters would like to leave a thank you to the tourist office or the promoters - you can do so by logging onto Villars web site

Villars by night
Villars Switzerland  saw an international WKN event against a Swiss select. “The event was co-promotion between former world champ Carl Emery and Claude Oehrli, owner of a restaurant called Rotisserie Des Alpes,Down town in Villars Switzerland

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