KICKBOXING: Teenager Ryan wins in his debut bout

GRANTHAM Full Contact Kickboxing Club were in action in a charity event for Help for Heroes at Rugby last Saturday.

The first fight of the night saw 15-year-old Ryan Baker, in his kickboxing debut, take on home fighter Braden Breen. The experience did not intimidate Ryan, who delivered some very strong body kicks and good combinations to win the fight on a unanimous decision.

Travis Cotter was next to fight, in only his second full contact fight. He faced the more experienced and local favourite Joss Reeve.

Both fighters came out strong, landing heavy shots with Travis working the body and his opponent concentrating on the head.

Unfortunately, Travis was dazed by a heavy overhand punch to the head. The referee awarded a standing eight count but he was unable to recover in time and the match was stopped.

The third Grantham fighter of the night saw Priory Ruskin Academy student Sam Harper take on Shane Singleton.

The opening exchange saw Sam take total control of the fight, landing some solid combinations and knocking his opponent to the canvas in the first minute. Sam showed no mercy and moments later secured a first round knockout.

Next up was Grantham’s Tom Aldridge in his third fight, up against local fighter Brian Lowe. Tom started very strongly with a powerful kick to his opponent’s face, cutting his cheek and sending him staggering back. But Lowe was able to withstand Aldridge’s ongoing assault to make it to the final bell. Tom who had dominated throughout the fight was subsequently awarded the win by all three judges.

Last up was Richard Pearce, also in his fighting debut. Richard’s opponent was Sam Bellamy who was significantly taller and had a superior reach. But Richard showed great maturity, staying in close to diminish Bellamy’s advantage. Richard produced some excellent footwork and showed great determination which was rewarded with a unanimous judges’ decision.

The Grantham contingent’s next competition will next be in action in Stoke on Trent at the end of the month.