Home Show a massive success.
On the 30th November 2019 we promoted our “home” show. Due to the lack of suitable venues in Bury, we had to use the Masonic Hall in Ashton Under Lyne. The show consisted of 16 bouts, ten featuring fighters from GFC, and included five fighters from Cyprus, headlined by a European title defence and a challenge for a world title.
A packed out arena was treated to a superb evening’s entertainment. First up from the gym, Alfie Speake, just seven years old was having his second bout, winning on points against his opponent from Sandy Holt’s Bolton gym. Second up, Alfie’s sister, ten-year-old Amelia was having her first fight, winning on points in a very impressive debut against her opponent from Optimum in Warrington. Fifteen-year-old Myles Riley, another debutant won on points against another lad from Bolton, and nine-year-old Harry Oldham kept the winning streak going with a very well fought points victory against his opponent from Valley in Whitworth. Sixteen-year-old Daniel Oxley was another impressive debutant, winning. A very one-sided fight on points with another opponent from Warrington. Kyle Jones lost on points in his bout against Phil Martindale from the MMA Academy in Liverpool.
After the interval, it was time for the main events. First up 14-year-old Ella Thompstone, a student of St Gabriel’s, defended her European title against a very well-seasoned young lady from Cyprus, Myria Mattaiou. Ella’s superior fire power was soon evident as she coasted to a third-round stoppage victory. Ella moves to a very impressive record of 18 fights, 18 victories.
Next up, in a full Thai Rules Match, Myk Estlick made his return to the ring after a fourteen-month absence. He was up against the very highly rated Rob Mcnee also from the MMA Academy in Liverpool. Rob had been chasing the fight with Myk for over two years and was very confident. After a close, tentative start, Myk started to pull away. In round three, Myk dropped Rob for three eight counts with knees to the body and the fight was stopped.
In The Main event; fifteen-year-old Lewis Bentley, another St Gabriel’s’ studtnt, four time British and two times European champion, challenged Andrea Lounano from Cyprus for the WTKA world title. Coming out to support “unknown for a junior sporting event” the atmosphere was electric throughout this hard-fought bout. Andreas was another superbly decorated junior, already a double world champion. It what was described by the show’s MC, 45-year veteran of the sport Sandy Hold, as the best junior bout he had ever seen, Lewis Bentley was crowned the new WTKA World Champion.
Last up for the gym, Kieran Lee featured in another England v Cyprus bout against rising Cypriot star Chrisoforos Kesidis. The first three rounds swung back and forth, then in the 4th Kieran swung into life, and a relentless attack of knees forced a stoppage win for Kieran.
It’s worth noting that despite both Ella and Lewis having the biggest fights of their careers so far, both of them arrived early to help prepare the other juniors on the early card. It speaks volumes of the characters of these two young super stars of their sport and underlines the values taught in the gym every day.
Following on from the show’s huge success, we are planning another show for Saturday 6th June, again at the Ashton Masonic Hall.