Promising kickboxers from Original Jesters went toe-to-toe with some of the country’s best at Matlock County Hall.
In an afternoon of light and full contact kickboxing and K1 bouts, 24 fighters from as far afield as Norfolk and Wales gave their all tothe delight of the crowd.
Declan Ward opened the show for Jesters and he did not disappoint. Ward proved to be the stronger fighter from the start, setting a range and controlling the action in what turned out to be a comfortable win.
Next up for the Jesters was Tommy Read, who faced a tough ask against a more experienced fighter.
Read pressed from the start and never gave his opponent an inch but but, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to take the win.
Third in for Jesters was the confident Joss Bevan.
Bevan’s fitness, backed up by some superior kicking, was the secret to his success and had him stepping out of the ring with the winners trophy safely tucked under his arm.
The last junior in the spotlight was Brandon Wayne who, like his club mate Read, faced a more experienced opponent.
Wayne showed true heart and at no point looked like giving up the fight, but was unable to get the win. There were, however, many promising signs that will stand him in good stead in the near future.
Paula Wrath was next to step through the ropes for Jesters. Wrath’s bout was toe to toe from start to finish with both girls hungry for the win. It left the judges unable to split them and they finally decided it was a well earned drawer.
Last, but certainly not least, to square up and show his worth was local boy Karl Johnston.
Johnston faced Welshman Ross Williams and was eager for revenge after tasting defeat in a reverse fight two years ago.
It showed too as Johnston was straight in from the bell to set the range and heavily working his opponent’s legs for the duration of the first round. While sitting on his stool Williams decided his leg was in no fit state to carry on, forcing the referee to award Johnston the win by first round stoppage!
Original Jesters head coach congratulated all the fighters on another great showing.
He added: “I would like to thank our sponsors, particularly P Cole Builders, Dentisan, Sheldrake Printers and Bar 2010 for their support, these local shows are so important for the gym.
“Even a week later and the gym is buzzing with new students keen to follow the success seen on Sunday”
Anyone interested in training for simple fitness or serious competition can contact the gym on 07974 655146.