Our last class of 2018 will be Thursday 20th December. So make sure you make the most of the year and earn those extra Christmas & New Year drinks by turning up as much as you can before then! Note there’s no Sunday class on the 23rd.
New Year Opening for Jan 2019
Our first class in January will be Wednesday 2nd January with Adam. All adults welcome, so if you want to start your New year how you mean to carry on, you know where to start!
It’s been a busy September for local Thai Boxers from the GFC Gym in Bury. 11thSept saw two members Lewis Bentley and Ella Thompstone, both students of St Gabriel’s high school, competing in Scotland. There was initial disappointment as both their opponents came in overweight, but not wanting the trip to be for nothing, they both decided to fight anyway. First up was Lewis who showed all the skill and ability that has made him two times European champion in picking up a unanimous decision in a performance that once again earned rave reviews. Martin Jones of Origin Media, who photographs 80% of the Thai shows in the Country, stating, “every time is see this kid fight I am convinced he will be world champion, so cool and clinical with all the time in the world to deliver his shots.”. Next up Ella, who again dominated from the start consistently changing styles throughout the fight to pick up another landslide points victory. In another endorsement, Paul Spinks one of the countries busiest referees stated on his Social Media, “I don’t know what GFC do with these kids but every last one is amazing”.
Testing ourselves in Birmingham
Just three weeks later four of the gym fighters travelled to Birmingham. First up Anthony Hamer took a points victory in a see saw battle. Next up the gym’s other two times European champion, Lewis George proved way too strong for his French opponent, stopping him in the 5thround. Third up for the gym, Was Kellisha Dodds. Kellisha wasn’t supposed to be competing on this show and had actually had some time off ill, yet on Thursday night we got a call to say one of the girls competing for a European title had to withdraw so “would Kellisha take the fight?”. It took Kellisha about two seconds to give a very firm “YES”. The first three rounds were close but probably had Kellisha just ahead, despite fighting the French 7 x national champion, shower her class Kellisha the last two rounds to win unanimous and become new European champion. In doing so she joins her gym mates; Lewis George Lewis Bentley and Mackenzie Roberts in winning European titles this year. Last up was Ella Thompstone again, in her 8thfight this year, after having her first fight in Nov Last year. Ella would be competing for her first British title. Her opponent had twice as many fights as Ella and showed her experience in not allowing Ella to totally dominate has she pretty much had in all her previous fights. Ella was still to strong and once again came out a unanimous points winner. Martin Jones again commented, four fighters Four class performances, four wins, is there anything GFC can’t do?” There was more praise when Dean James, four times world champion stated on his social media, “Such a strong team, its pleasure to watch them do their stuff”.
Final third of the year.
It’s going to be a busy last third of the year for the gym and it has three adults fighting 13thOctober in the biggest Muay Thai Show outside of Thailand at the Macron stadium in Bolton. Three juniors competing in the unified world champs in Italy at the end of October and then hopefully nine fighters competing in Barnsley on the 18thNovember.
GFC Fighters Kieran Lee, Myk Estlick and Adam Haslam all fought on the latest Yokkao show at the Macron Stadium on October 13th.
On 13th October three GFC fighters featured on the biggest Thai Boxing show in Europe. Held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, Yokkoa is widely regarded as the best show to fight on in the UK.
First up was Kieran Lee, who had been out of the ring for over two years. Kieran’s opponent had three times the amount of fights that Kieran has had and had picked up a couple of titles recently, so all in all, a big ask for Kieran. Kieran however was unfazed and consistently outscored his opponent throughout the fight and despite a late rally managed to hold out for a convincing points win.
Second up was Myk Estlick who had featured on all the previous UK Yokkoa shows bar one. His opponent, Niall McGreevy is widely tipped as the next big thing from Ireland and had just returned from six months training in Thailand. Myk is very tall for the weight but his opponent was a god three/four inches taller than him and the fight proved to be very awkward. Myk shipped a couple of low blows early on and this seemed to effect his composure. Myk lost the fights on points.
Last up for GFC was Adam Haslam. Most people were picking his opponent, the very talented Luke Hill from Lumpinee Crawley. Adam wasted no time in setting his stall out and went straight out on the attack, landing big blows straight from the off. Round two continued in the same way, with Adam pushing his opponent on to the back foot and scoring well throughout the round. Luke showed his class by coming back in round three taking the round, round four went backward and forwards with Adam just taking it. Then in the final round Adam landed a big elbow in the first minute which opened an horrendous cut over Luke’s left eye. Adam won the fight round to take a convincing and highly enjoyable victory.
Kieran and Adam are all ready booked to feature on the next Yokkoa show to be held in March 2019.
A triumphant return to promoting for us, last week when we hosted our own fight show at the Masonic Hall in Ashton, inviting some of the best fighters from Spain to take on our own champions. We never shy away from testing ourselves.
Our Awesome videographer Kevin Gaffney put together an amazing highlight reel of the day, check it out!