a big hit at the Hilton
scene was set for what was to be one of the most unique fight shows
ever to hit Belfast.
The Hilton Hotel was to host a Boxing show with an added KICK but
it was the boxing that got the boot. Fight fans were not disappointed
as extra kickboxing bouts were lined up at short notice to keep
fight fans happy at the sold out event. There were nine fights with
five of them title bouts, rounding off with a world title.
Belfast has long been a magnet
for boxing talent, attracting some of the biggest names in the world.
But rarely before has that beam stretched all the way to one of
the most remote nations of the world. That’s exactly what
happened at the Hilton Hotel last Saturday (October 28) when a young
boxer/Kickboxer headed into town from the Asian country of Mongolia.
What’s more, this tiger from the east was a woman.
WKN Celtic Nations SuperHeavyweight Title
James Gillen Winner TKO 3rd (Portadown)
Vs Gary McCleary (Scotland)
Portadown’s James Gillen won
by a third round TKO against Scotland’s Gary McCleary
WKN British Super-Welterweight Title
Ian Young Winner
Points ( Belfast NI)Vs Christopher Deakin (England)
It was Young’s kicking power
that won him the title in a see-saw battle which at times was more
of a chess match with both relying on good counter punches and kicks
but in the closing rounds Ian asserted his authority to sway the
three judges from France, Switzerland and Scotland.
WKN British Super-Heavyweight Title
Martin Connolly ( Carrickfergus NI)
Vs Robert Paul Gledhill Winner Points (England)
Big Martin Connolly lost in his bid to become British Super-Heavyweight
the dock worker Connolly looked tired and fatigued throughout the
bout. Martin was trying to shake a chest infection off all week
but it was clear he didn’t.
WKN Bantamweight prestige bout
Barbara Delaney Winner
Points (Dublin) Vs Angela Ogle (England)
Dublin’s Barbara Delaney enjoyed a
points win over England’s Angela Ogle.
WKN British Bantamweight Title
Cathy McAleer (NI) Vs Adele Steinbach
Winner Points (Scotland )
The Belfast karate queen was piped at the post, with Steinbach making
it third time lucky for the plucky Scot.
WKN Light-welterweight prestige
Stuart Jess ( NI) VS Alexander White Winner
Doctor stopped the bout 3rd (Scotland)
Saintfield’s Stuart Jess was unlucky in his bout against the
more experienced Alexander White as the Doctor stopped the bout
in the third round due to an injury to Stuarts’ arm.
WKN Light-middleweight prestige
Andrew Grimason Winner
Points (Belfast NI) Vs Hugh White (Scotland)
Final bout of the night was a cracker with the Grim reaper showing
why he is world champion giving an exhibition of top class kickboxing
at light middleweight.-He didn’t disappoint fans, by flooring
Hugh White in the second and fourth round before winning a points
decision. Credit to White this was his first fight back in 4 years.
Super welterweight 3x2
Eddie Salmon Winner
Points (N/Ards) Vs Lee Cooper
Eddie Salmon, Belfast’s answer to a
one man band – promoter, trainer, singer, songwriter, MC and
yes you guessed it fighter, all rolled into one.
Eddie came out of the blocks like a man possessed hoping for a stoppage
but the tough Scot Lee Cooper had something to say about that as
he weathered the storm to show what he was
made of. It was a gutsy display by both kickers
WKN Word Amateur Atomweight
S.Amgalanjargal – (Mongolia) Vs Lydia
Braniff Winner RSF 5th rounnd (Belfast)
Match is made at 46kg - 7st.4lbs
Irish fight fans witnessed an amazing
display by the Pocket Dragon stopping Amgalajargal in the final
stages of the fifth round. The gutsy Mongolian was on the canvas
six times and took a couple of standing counts over the five rounds
until the referee Mr Robert Masterson saw enough and stopped the
bout - declaring Lydia Braniff world champion.
Meanwhile, former world kickboxing champion
Gary Hamilton also made a come back to the boxing ring in what was
to be his first pro boxing fight in three years. He faced Irish
title contender Ciaran Healy in an open sparring session that delighted
a packed Hilton hotel.
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