Photo: Co-Promoter Phil Barton
This Sunday 15th November sees the eleventh instalment of the Elite Fighting Championships once again at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport. With a tasty fight card lined up for fight fans to enjoy including Professional and Amateur, Muay Thai and K-1 bouts, all be it with a few noticeable absentees in Elite Southports own fighters Jake Barton & Kev Ward, although Jake has been involved in Co-Promoting the show with my his Dad Phil. Barton is unavailable to fight due to illness whilst Ward will fight next week in London at the O2 Arena.
The show see’s Southport’s Imperial Gym’s two top fighters headline the show in both the Main Event & Co-Main Event with Jack Kennedy competing for the ISKA British title against tough southpaw Naqqash Kahn of Black Widow gym in West Bromwich coached by multi time world champion Andy Howson. Whilst Adi Woods sits in the Co-Main Event spot for the second time running as he takes on the UK’s number 8 ranked Light Middleweight fighter Duane Barnes of Derty Muay Thai gym in Bristol.
This ISKA Super Lightweight British Title contest is between two UK number 12 ranked fighters in their respective weight divisions. With Kennedy coming down from the Welterweight Division and Kahn stepping up from the Lightweight division, the size advantage looks to be with Kennedy. However Kahn, the current ISKA English Champion brings many weapons to the table a long with the Southpaw stance that could cause a problem for orthodox Kennedy. Kennedy though riding an impressive winning streak with a 3rd round stoppage win in his last fight on YOKKAO 14. Expect to see an exciting bout fought under A Class Full Muay Thai Rules with knees and Elbows allowed to the head with both fighters always keen to entertain.
Adi Woods the UK number 6 receives Co-Main Event position on the Elite Fighting Championships twice in a row this weekend with his showdown against Duane Barnes. Woods won here last time against Michael Long in his A Class debut and won via elbow knockout in his last fight. Barnes has been around for a number of years but has had a recent surge in his performances as he has climbed the UK rankings currently sitting at number 8. Barnes was narrowly beat last year in a K-1 bout with World Champion Luke Whelan and has a draw on his record with current UK number 1 Jake Purdy. He also won via impressive knockout against UK number 9 Danny Connoughton. This A Class Muay Thai bout has all the makings of a great fight with both lads on the up and a win here will certainly set ether fighter up for a crack at the UK’s top 5.
Elite Southport’s Paddy Davies, always a Fan Favourite and never in a boring fight takes on Exiles Muay Thai’s Connor Celland in a potential fight of the night candidate under K-1 rules. Davies and Celland have similar come forward styles both not afraid to trade shots and this could well be a three round war. Davies never fails to have the crowd on their feet when he fights here in his hometown, win or loose. Celland has fought on the Elite Fighting Championships twice before and claims we are yet to see the best of him, he lost a close contest to Elites John Stanton on the last show and had a great contest with Elites Rob Zabtis on which his lost narrowly. Outside of the Elite Fighting Championships Celland has been picking up wins and is keen to showcase his true talent here in Southport. Davies has vowed to ‘go for the finish’ tonight so defiantly do not miss this one.
Team Chans Jamie Pudge of Southport will compete in a B Class contest against Shor Chanas Lewis White in between the two main events tonight with Knees allowed to the head in this fight. Pudge won his North West area title previously on the Elite Fighting Championships against Stokes Jay Steele whilst Lewis White has fought here before twice loosing firstly to Adi Woods in their early years and loosing on the last show to Elites Roberts Zabtitis. However in his last fight he stopped his German opponent in a international bout.
The Elite Fighting Championships has always been keen on developing the sport of Muay Thai and K-1 and has proven this over the years with the likes of Jake Barton making his professional Debut as well as Adi Woods and Jack Kennedy having their very first amateur fights here. They are keen to continue this with our undercard at the weekend.
Up and coming undefeated fighter Liam Gittins of Elite Southport will be taking on another young prospect in Dom Hill of Skelmersdale Thai as these two young stars battle it out in 5 rounds of novice class thai boxing. Both these lads have bright futures and are ones to watch out for. Also representing Elite Southport we have two first timers with Tom Blundell and JJ Jones making their debuts. Blunder aged 21 will be fighting Marc Sinclair of Skelmersdale Thai who stepped in at short notice after Blundels original opponent pulled out due to injury. Jason O’Hara of Imperial Gym in Southport looks to improve his current unbeaten 2 fight win streak, at just 16 Jason has showed maturity beyond his years in his previous contests. 14 year old JJ Jones who has previously had 2 MMA contests makes his Thai debut against Kevin Casey, Casey also 14 years old and tipped by some to be a promising youngster.
Finally for the very first time we have a junior bout to open the show between two 11 year old warriors. Junior rules allows no head contact but the show will be opened by Max Massey who took up Thai Boxing after seeing the Elite Fighting Championships here at the Prince of Wales with his Dad, Phil Massey being the manager here. He takes on Ian Holt of Thai Fist in Birkenhead.
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