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A cut above the rest as Derry city Hair Salons get behind the Brawl on the Wall

Billy Murray and Brendon Thompson with Essential Hair Company owner Brenda O'DohertyKickboxers taking part in the upcoming 'BRAWL ON THE WALL' ’ promotion in Derry city are going to have so much extra body and bounce in the ring that they’ll want to stay centre stage writes William Bruce – but it’s going to come from unlikely sources. . .

Not only are hair product company Schwarzkopf sponsoring the show, at the Millennium Forum on September 29 but now some local hair salons in the city want to cut in on the action.
Charles & Co, Identity and Essential Hair company are all hoping the events in the ring will lead to a hair-raising time for north west fight-fans.

Northern Ireland territory manager Brendan Thompson, a keen Kickboxer himself, said he was keen that Schwarzkopf sponsored the event after the hugely positive events at the Falls Leisure centre and the Park Ave hotel in Belfast. Thompson also said he was very impressed by the ethos of Prokick, the gym behind the promotion – especially their focus on bringing communities and people together.
“I am very amazed with what Prokick has done over the years,” he said. “I have been to many of their events and have seen the huge number of people from different cultures and countries that they bring together.

Brenda O'Doherty gets in on the actionEssential Hair Company's Brenda O'DohertyEssential Hair Company's Brenda O'Doherty with Billy Murray and Brendan Thompson

" Our Derry salons who are all Schwarzkopf stockists are excited and happy to get involved with the biggest event ever to hit this part of Northern Ireland. A big bonus for Schwarzkopf and our stockists is that the event is being televised here and internationally, this is great for the shop owners, the city of Derry and Northern Ireland as a whole."
Charles McEleney with Billy Murray (LEFT) and Brendan Thompson (Right)(L-R) Brendon Thompson,Elizabeth Edwards, Charles McEleney, Sarah McLaughlin and Billy MurrayWay to go Charles,

Mr Thompson added, “For me it’s not just about kickboxing it’s about the common goal that we should share – peace and harmony, which I know sounds bizarre when there are two people hammering ten bells out of each other in a ring; but the thing that comes across to me is the respect that the two competitors have for each other. I would encourage everyone to come out and get behind the event”

Kathleen Morrison of Identity Hairdressing with Billy MUrray and Brendan ThompsonElissa Newton, Billy Murray, Kathleen Morrison, Brendan Thompson and Dearbhla Harkin from Identity Hair DressingKathleen Morrison from Identity Hairdressing with Schwarzkopf's Brendan Thompson

The undercard for the 'Brawl on the Wall’ will see fighters from Germany, Switzerland, France, Slovakia as well as the home nations pitted against Prokick’s top fighters. Tickets are selling fast and are available online at or through the Millennium Forum box office priced £6 to £25 for ringside. For more information on kickboxing and a new Prokick club coming to Derry City call 028 9065 1074 or click to Brawl on the Wall

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