The Elite Gym invaded Germany at the weekend as Kevin Ward topped a K1 bill in Munich. Previously scheduled to fight for the WFCA European K1 title against champion Falik Monzel. However 2 weeks before Monzel pulled out, although the Germans only notified the Elite camp upon their arrival. The fight was no longer for a title but Ward found replacement in Felder Matthais. Matthais had been ready to fight Ward since Monzel pulled out and had chance to study him in advance. However, confident as always this did not phase Ward. The current Muay Thai European Champion went to war with Matthais for 3 rounds landing heavy knees and body kicks with clever boxing combinations. Aware that to pick up a win in Germany he would have to completely out class the German and he did just that. Credibility to his toughness Matthais never stopped coming forward and continued to land body punches on Ward in attempt to slow his pace down. When the final bell rang Wards hand was raised, declaring a huge win to boost his career as Main Event in Munich. Impressing some top promoters based in Hamburg, with big things to come.

Pictured above is Kevin Ward  when he defeted Germany’s Steffen Dieterlle for the European Crown in 2011

Also on the bill Didzis Musulis competed in a 3×3’s K1 bout against German Dimitri Reiger in his new light middleweight division. A slow start for Musulis saw him draw the first round and loose the second marginally. Although realising he needed a big third round to gain anything from the fight he had a huge round looking much more like himself. Landed heavy kicks and at one point had Reiger in trouble, rocking him with a superbly timed head kick. With Musulis unable to finish Reiger off the fight went the distance and was declared a draw by all three judges. So a successful trip for the Elite Gym to travel and come back without a loss. Both boys did the team proud.

No rest for the wicked as this weekend, current Professional British Champion Jake Barton fights in Liverpool taking on Matt ‘M&M’ Montague of Waterloo St Gym the current ISKA Northern Area Champion in which he won in impressive knockout fashion. The fight is for the ISKA Professional English Middleweight title, with Barton stepping up a weight. After a loss last time out to 4x World Champion Chad Sugden at London’s O2 arena, Barton is hungry to get back to winning ways and believes a dismantling of the tough Montague will prove the loss effected him in a positive way. Stable mate Steffen Marin competes in his first title fight for the ISKA North West area belt against seasoned fighter John Edge of Fortitudo Liverpool, a former MMA Champion who holds the experience advantage over Marin. The Elite camp believe Marin so far to be an under achiever and showing much promise in the gym, and confident he can overcome the odds. Tickets are available from the Elite Gym in Shakespeare street if anyone would like to support, call 07909666750 for more info.   

A quick reminder that the Elite Gym hosts the fifth installment of the Elite Fighting Championships, this time ‘England v Spain’ once again hosted at the Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport on Sunday 4th November. Featuring 4 International professional contests a long with a full supporting undercard featuring top fighters from across the country and the Elite Gyms best. Not an event to be missed, for more information you can follow the Elite Fighting Championships on twitter at @Elite_Champs. For ticket information contact Phil Barton on 07909666750. 

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