BIG-hitting local girl and Matlock’s Original Jesters Fightclub female instructor Rachel Rose travelled over to Dublin late last month to challenge Alex Ward for her Five Nations kickboxing title.
Rachel flew out full of the usual nerves and anticipation to face the Irish and Five Nations champion in her own back garden.
The weigh-in and initial face-off saw Alex Ward looking confident, squaring up before the bell and looking every inch the champion Rachel had trained to meet.
Seconds into the opening round and the taller Irish girl was already displaying some good kicks making use of her range. Rachel quickly broke through, setting her own range and showing the greater strength and accuracy, landing heavy right hands and body kicks.
Rachel’s power and the onslaught of punishing right hands took their toll on the Irish fighter’s gutsy performance.
As the bell went for the end of the fourth round, Alex removed her gloves and called it a day, awarding the win and the Five Nations title to Rachel.
Anybody interested in Rachel’s ladies classes or any of the sessions at Original Jesters, based above Derwent Carpets on Dale Road, can contact 07974 655146.
Rachel is currently doing a sparathon to raise money so that she can enter the Amateur World Championships in November in Paris. Anyone interested in helping would be greatly welcomed. Please call the above number for details.