Combat Gym fighters make their mark

Combat Gym fighters stamp their mark in their latest encounter.

IT was another successful weekend for Combat Gym fighters who did not have to travel too far to stamp their mark on the Muay Thai circuit.

Fighting in the show in Bristol were Rob Bonefaas (current junior South West Area title holder at 55kgs), Becky Arlotte, Gerry Wood, Brent Chambers and Nick Daglish.

Bonefaas kicked off the show with great fight against a slightly heavier Thai opponent Nai (Eagles Gym). The two lads fought their hearts out and both showed great skill and courage which led the judges to call it a draw.

In only Arlotte’s second fight, she proved to be a tough opponent for Maria (Sakpreset Gym). Again, both girls showed great determination and courage, but Maria’s higher work rate meant she was awarded the win on points.

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Wood was fighting for a K1 style heavyweight title against Scott Hamilton (Ramacamp). Wood gave away 8kgs to the more experienced Hamilton and gave a brave performance and proved to be a worthy challenger, but unfortunately Hamilton’s experience and power came through leading to a TKO in Hamilton’s favour.

Next up was Brent Chambers, who proved too strong for his opponent Mitch Whittaker (Ramacamp) by ending the fight in just 27 seconds of the first round. Chambers put Whittaker to the canvas twice with some lovely leg sweeps, before finishing him off with a beautiful combination of punches knocking him clean out.

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Last, but by no means least is everybody’s favourite local fighter - Nick Daglish. After a colourful fighting career, taking on some of the toughest, experienced fighters in his weight class, Daglish was finally given the break he deserved.

Daglish followed the game plan he had been working on with chief instructor Kevin Ludick over the last few weeks. He took his opponent Olly (Ramacamp) down with a sidekick in the first round.

In the second round, a beautifully timed spinning back kick from Daglish knocked Olly to the ground. Unable to get up from this, Daglish was declared the winner by a knockout. He is now the proud South West area title holder @ 63kgs.

To see these and other great fighters in action, Combat Gym are holding a show at the Winter Gardens on May 14. Tickets will be available shortly.

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