Clash of the thaiboxing Titans show wows big crowd at Carn Brea
TOUCHGLOVES Gym, which is based at Penzance, once again proved their worth with some epic displays of technique at Sunday's Clash of the Titans show at Carn Brea Leisure Centre.
The latest instalment by Fightsport Promotions, the event attracted a crowd of more than 600 spectators who were treated to an electrifying lighting and sound display provided by ninetwentyfive.co.uk
The morning sessions saw seven outstanding junior bouts in honour of GEMS Bolitho School, showcasing the safety and skill of thaiboxing alongside the steady progression from junior rules not allowing any head contact to the 14-years and over padded bouts which allowed head contact.
Touchgloves gym's 14-times world champion Julie Kitchen said: "The progression of the juniors should be paramount in all fighting disciplines.
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"In thaiboxing, the children can start with no head contact until the age of 14, which develops more skill all round as the head hunting scenario doesn't take place.
"Nobody wants to see a child get knocked out and this is definitely the way for a child to compete safely and enjoy a fighting sport."
Penzance's Bethany Bodilly, aged eight, became the smallest thaiboxing champion in Cornwall at 25kg, creating a new achievement for the gym.
Mousehole's Ollie Savage gave away four kilos and 15 fights yet still put in an excellent performance for the juniors.
Tommy Green made his frequent trips from Padstow to the club for training worthwhile with a stoppage win over Liverpool's Nazeem Powell, while Claire Walkey, who travels from Plymouth three times a week, managed a TKO against an opponent from Wales.
Penzance's Rosie Davis added another win with a great first round victory to add to her recent win in Manchester.
An eagerly awaited bout between Touchgloves' Amber Kitchen and Sammy Luxton did not disappoint the audience, the fight went very much to the wire and the talent of two 13-year-old athletes was outstanding.
Many fans felt that Amber secured the win with a strong clinch game, but a split decision went to her opponent, much to the dismay of the home crowd.
In the afternoon the focus turned to the 16-bout adult show, most of which were without any pads and just 8oz boxing gloves.
Some of these fights were under B-class thaiboxing rules, including punches, kicks and knees to the head.
Both old and new fans of the sport were out of their seats as Falmouth's Ryan Mann came back Rocky style to knockout Plymouth's Ro Allen just two seconds from the final bell in a bout that was destined to go in his opponent's favour.
The Touchgloves team continued to succeed inside the ring with newly-crowned southern champions Jake Hartly and Vicky Church both winning by first round stoppage alongside the long awaited return of "The Beast" Piotr Lapuc, who made short work of his opponent with a devastating leg kick stoppage.
The club's novice fighters Dean McCauley, Barrie Prowse and Toni Hollow secured further victories, while brave performances from Anika Marr, Klaieves Skrundieneks and Dan Bradford, against tough Devon-based opponents ended in early stoppages from their rivals.
Touchgloves are making their long-awaited move to GEMS Bolitho School's purpose built muaythai complex at the end of the month.
Anyone wishing to join Touchgloves for fun, fitness, self defence, weight loss, a new hobby or to compete nationally and internationally can call 07976245880, email email@example.com or visit touchgloves gym/julie kitchenuk athlete pages on Facebook.