Three ProKick Fighters Headed to Dusseldorf
One of Northern Ireland’s rising kickboxing stars added to his increasingly impressive record with a great win at the weekend.
Darren Dougan, from Magherafelt, scored a second round knockout in competition in Dusseldorf, Germany. He beat a highly respected local talent in a stunning victory that silenced the vocal German fans.
His win brought great plaudits from Ian Young, the European super welterweight champ, who acted as Dougan’s coach for the trip.
“He was in sparkling form from the first bell,” said Young. “He had a hunger to do the job quickly. He spent the first round laying down a marker then I sent him out in the second to finish the job. He has one of the best right hands in Europe and when he struck, the German wasn’t getting up again.”
There was double celebration for Northern Ireland at the event. Young Barrie Oliver, in only his fifth fight, emerged with a draw - he still remains unbeaten.
“I thought Barrie should have been given the victory on points,” said Young. “He definitely did enough to win and I think the home supporters needed some brightness rather than Irish domination! Still, it sets both men up for their bouts in Derry in September.”
Both men fight out of the ProKick gym in Belfast and ProKick head coach Billy Murray was delighted with their showing.
“It’s never easy going to fight in Germany,” he said. “They know and love their kickboxing there and produce a succession of champions. I’m delighted our boys did such a good job. And Ian proved himself a great travelling coach – as well as being a great kickboxer.”
Click here to see the boys in action in Germany
Its happy times in Germany
Ian, Barrie and Darren would like to express their gratitude to the promoter Kai Gutmann for the hospitality shown and would also like to thank WKN Germany for all their help.
The team would like to say a big thanks to Klous for all his help
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