Matlock fighters showcase talents at County Hall bouts

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Matlock’s County Hall played host to an afternoon of combat sports with fighters travelling from as far away as south Wales to make up the 14 fight card.

Local-based gym The Original Jesters had 6 of its fighters prepped and ready to step in the boxing ring.

First in was 12 year old Tommy Read. Tommys bout was a non-decision bout where he faced the jnr world gold medallist from Barnsley Blaine Wilson.

Tommy showed maturity above his years comfortably mixing it throughout with one of the countries best juniors.

The second junior up was Jester’s Declan Ward also 12 challenging for the BLCC light contact Midland area title.

Declan faced Raees kiani from Birmingham and pushed him all the way.

This bout was neck and neck from start to finish with Declan pushing a gruelling pace.

When the results came in it proved to be the closest contest of the day with Raees lifting the title.

Raees went on to lift 2 x gold medals in Italy at the world championships only seven days later.

The first adult to represent Jesters was Andy Clarke. Andys opponent had failed an earlier medical so unfortunately for Andy his opponent had changed and so had his discipline.

What was meant to be a K1 bout was now under boxing rules. Andy put in a good performance, but never really found his distance losing to a points decision.

Next up was Dan Rowe, who faced Nottingham’s Aaron Rigley under boxing rules.

This was Dan’s first fight so nerves were high, but once the initial bell went Dan was straight in landing bombs.

After just over a minute of the first round the Nottingham corner had seen enough and threw the towel stopping the fight and giving Dan a win by 1st round TKO.

The fifth fighter to step in out of the Jester’s camp was Joss Bevan. Joss was facing Wolverhampton’s Dan Cox for the ICO amateur Midland area full contact title.

This fight was another close match with both fighters refusing to give an inch throughout.

Joss’s heavy work with his kicks paid off and earned him the win crowning him the new Midland area champion.

Last but not least into the ring was Jester’s Karl Johnston.

Karl has been making noises on the K1 scene for a while now with some impressive wins and titles under his belt.

Karl faced a tough experienced thaiboxer from Newcastle in the form of Ross Parsons. Karl steam rolled Ross from round one.

Ross showed fantastic strength and heart refusing to give in but after five rounds and numerous eight counts the score cards could only reach one decision and that was a unanimous win for karl.

Anyone interested in training along side the original jesters team can contact 07974655146