‘Elite Fighting Championships 13’ Southport – Sunday 6th November
World Championship Kickboxing returns to Southport once again on Sunday 6th November as Elite Fighting Championships is back at the Prince of Wales Hotel for the 13th time. Topping the bill in his hometown for the first time since 2013 Elite Gym Southport’s Kevin Ward 5x World Champion defends his most coveted crown, the ISKA World Championship under K-1 Style Kickboxing rules. Ward won the title in Southport back in May 2013 and has since collected a total of 5 World Titles in different organisations unifying himself as the Top Dog in the division. However the ISKA belt is thought to be the most prestigious, and whilst Ward holds it their are many fighters who desire the title. Irishman Aidan Brooks has worked his way into title contention and will face Ward in what is a rematch to decide the Light Heavyweight (81.5kg) championship of the World. The first time the pair met was in the first round of a 4 man tournament, which was a very close fought contest over 3 rounds at the famous SSE Wembley Arena in London. Brooks put Ward on the canvas in the opening round with a well timed spinning back fist, down but not out Ward met the count and went to work on Brooks and dominated the rest of the fight. Since then Brooks has been eager for a shot at redemption and has landed himself that chance in Southport for the ISKA World Title. An interesting match up with the powerhouse Brooks certainly looking to come and knock Ward out and take the title back to Ireland whilst Ward will want the fight to go just as the end of the fight two did last time with him clearly on top. Under championship rules this contest will be fought over 5 rounds. Southport come and get behind your only World Champion in all of combat sports, and lets hope to see another victory and the champ regain his title.
Co-Main Event of the evening will feature another England v Ireland clash with Elite Southport’s Jake Barton (ISKA K-1Intercontinental Champion, WBC National Champion) taking on Dublin Fighter Damien Darker (ISKA Full Contact Kickboxing World Champion). A battle of two champions over 3 rounds of K-1 action. Barton won the ISKA Intercontinental title in the main event of Elite Fighting Championships 12 back in June beating dutchman Jan Julius Humme over 5 rounds and certainly rises to the occasion in his hometown having competed here 9 times in his 26 fight career, winning each and every time, with a number of dominant performances including some impressive knockouts, unanimous points victories and his fair share of wars which is always a crowd pleaser. Darker boasts an outstanding 53 fight record with 43 wins and 10 losses, coming from a full contact Kickboxing background he has picked up multiple Irish titles and also the Middleweight ISKA World Title. Since his move to K-1 Style kickboxing his flashy sticking style has helped score some incredible victories including a highlight reel spinning kick knockout most recently. A brilliant clash of styles in this contest, with Darker no doubt looking to use his kicking ability and score another win in emphatic style where Bartion will want to make this one a dog fight and press the action from the get go. A potential fight of the night contest, not one to be missed.
The return of Stuart Abram will be seen on Elite Fighting Championships 13, the Elite Southport man has not fought for over 3 years now and is excited about his return to the ring. Abram was last seen in action in Southport all the way back in 2011 on Elite Fighting Championships 2 where he left his opponent Carlos Tait unconscious in just 30 seconds after a tremendous left hook landed clean on Tait’s jaw. Abram will meet Andrew Bakewell who has also been relatively inactive in the last 3 years with just the one contest recently, but in the past Bakewell has been in with some top fighters including Kevin Ward. So another highly anticipated showdown on the card.
Elite Southport also have Roberts Zabitis, Liam Gittins. Julian Wentworth, Igor Puskarskis, JJ Jones, Tom Blundell and Adam Brown all on the card which will certainly leave the man behind all of their success Elite Southport Coach Andy Brocklebank a very busy man on the night with 9 of his fighters competing.
This is the 13th time promoter Phil Barton (Elite Southport Head Coach) has brought the Elite Fighting Championships to Southport, showcasing what amazing talent we have in this town to have athletes competing at such a high level, and to fight for a World Title in your hometown is truly incredible. All that is left is for the Southport fight fans to once again get behind your local athletes and support them as they all prepare for battle Sunday 6th November. Tickets now available for more information please contact Phil Barton on 07909666750.
For the first time the weigh -in will be a Public event to be held at the Everest Fitness Gym Tulketh Street Southport on Saturday 5th November, there will be a chance to see the world Title belt and have photo’s with some of the fighters from Elite Gym.
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