Paul crowned new world champion
PUBLISHED: 14:49 23 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:19 24 May 2010
FIGHTCLUB Extreme, promoted by WAMA and Warrior Gym, featured two world title kickboxing fights and top class mixed martial arts
FIGHTCLUB Extreme, promoted by WAMA and Warrior Gym, featured two world title kickboxing fights and top class mixed martial arts.This Fightclub event was the best in the series of events so far. The atmosphere was second to none and the Weston Warriors had a great night of success.First up from the Weston Warriors was 13-year-old Charlie Walbridge in his first full contact fight. He faced a 15-year-old fighter from Dragonfoot Gym in Leeds. This was a great fight for Charlie and he worked really hard to keep the older more experienced fighter away. Charlie lost on points but showed true determination and true potential for the future.Next was Adam Kellaway, 16 years old, in his third full contact fight. He entered the ring with an unbeaten record and was up against Sean Law who recently fought for an English amateur title in Wolverhampton. This was a real test for the Weston fighter and Adam did not seem to get into his stride until the second round where he really fought hard to outwork this experienced fighter. The fight was well contested with Adam getting the decision. This now makes it three wins from three bouts. Stuart Davies will try and get Adam an amateur title shot on the next Fightclub event in November. Paul Healy returned to the ring from his first win in February and he was full of confidence and on top form, disposing of his opponent in the first round with a great display of punching and kicking. Paul will be the first to admit that when he started training with Weston Warriors he did not feel he had the confidence to enter the ring but now has a two-fight unbeaten record with the club.Paul Hill was next up for a shot at a world title. Paul has been training every day at 7am with Stuart Davies, his trainer, for the past eight weeks and entered the ring in great shape for this fight. He weighed in at 89.6kg and had shed 6.5kg for the 89kg title fight. His opponent, Graham Blackwell, a European champion from another association, weighed in just over the weight at 92kg. The fight was an eight-round thriller and both fighters showed their skill level with a great display of what kickboxing is about. Paul had the power and put Graham on the back foot throughout the fight but Graham showed some grit and determination and stepped the work rate up in the fifth to which Paul responded. Weston Warrior Paul Hill won the fight and was crowned WUMA professional world champion. This was a great result for Paul as he had trained for years and never got the chance to get the shot at a credible world title before until teaming up with Stuart Davies.Paul said: "I have trained so hard and this is a dream come true, I am in great shape thanks to Stuart and I enjoyed every round as I knew I had the fitness to step it up if I had to. All credit to Graham he was as tough as they come, I hit him with some great shots and he stayed in there. I want to thank everyone for their support and all my work mates from Carbase cheer."Stuart will be in negotiations for Paul to fight for the ISKA world title against Wayne Turner in November in a unification bout at Fightclub.Weston Warrior Luke Green really made a name for himself on this show. Luke is a new fighter to full contact kickboxing and comes from a semi-points fighting background. He competed in his first full contact fight in April and lost on points to a more experienced fighter. His opponent Ricky Reeves looked in great shape and was an explosive kicker as is Luke. They started the fight exchanging excellent kicks and punches and it seemed a even fight. Luke then landed an awesome spinning hook kick to the chin of Reeves that had a slight delayed reaction as he crumpled to the canvas. He just regained his feet to beat the count and was then saved by the bell. The second round saw Luke and Ricky stand toe to toe and exchange some great punches. Luke finished a combination with a spinning back kick to the mid section that dropped Reeves like a stone. This was a great win for Luke and the Weston Warrior team. This event and this bout in particular showed why Stuart Davies is respected as such a top class promoter and matchmaker. Stuart said: "I am really overwhelmed by the results tonight. I always ensure the matches are not one-sided as this is no good for the sport whatsoever. The fights tonight were world class and I am so proud of the club, I really put my heart and soul into these events but it's a team effort and the guys really help each other out in the gym. "I want to thank all the fighters and the sponsors also my event team Mat Slater, George Katsimpas, Emma Short, Brian Mingins, Lyn Slater and Aaron Millard for helping the show run smoothly."Weston Warriors train at Weston Academy of Martial Arts situated at Trimwise, Sunnyside Road. The club is for beginners to title winners, all are welcome. For full details please view www.wama.co.uk or free phone 0845 8552202.