World champion Huish headlines kickboxing title fights

Ready for action: Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club fighters prepare for title fights on Sunday: Back, Colm Dunphy, Alex Fitzpatrick, Tom Scarry, Peter Sheppard, Cian McCormack, James Kelly, Gytis Lisinskas, Ryan Ali, Gary Manogue, Joe Mc Cormack. Middle, Sean Ryan, Joey Gallagher, Damien Creavin, Thomas O Connor, Dara Mannion, Ultan Connell. Front, Oisin Concannon, Ben Devlin, Whitney Sheppard, Paul Huish, Gary Elbert.

Ready for action: Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club fighters prepare for title fights on Sunday: Back, Colm Dunphy, Alex Fitzpatrick, Tom Scarry, Peter Sheppard, Cian McCormack, James Kelly, Gytis Lisinskas, Ryan Ali, Gary Manogue, Joe Mc Cormack. Middle, Sean Ryan, Joey Gallagher, Damien Creavin, Thomas O Connor, Dara Mannion, Ultan Connell. Front, Oisin Concannon, Ben Devlin, Whitney Sheppard, Paul Huish, Gary Elbert.

Six titles will be decided at a major kickboxing/K-1 fight night in the Clayton Hotel on Sunday.

Fighters from host club Galway Black Dragon will be in action, headlined by IKF world lightweight K-1 champion Paul Huish. The Knocknacarra man makes a mandatory first defence of his crown to European champion and world number one contender Edward Smith from the UK.

Huish's sister Whitney Sheppard will take on Joke Ceulemans from Belgium for the vacant senior IKF European Atomweight K-1 Title which will take place under Pro K-1 rules, while Irish lightweight champion Damien Creavin from Ballybrit will vacate his -60kg title and drop down in weight to challenge for the vacant Senior IKF Irish featherweight title at -57.8kg when he fights Peter Deane from Coopers MMA in Navan.

Alex Fitzpatrick from Tuam faces Deividas Geleziunas from Oldcastle, Co Meath, in his bid for the junior IKF Irish light welterweight title, while Kinvara's Cian McCormack takes on Liam O'Brien from Wicklow Martial Arts for the senior IKF Irish light welterweight K-1 crown. The final fight on the card is Gary Elbert who will once again do battle with current senior IKF Irish welterweight K-1 champion Gherado Frusci from Carlow's Top Pro Gym. Frusci is making a second defence of his belt to the Galway Black Dragon fighter after the pair met last year in an absolute war that resulted in a draw and won the fight of the year award for 2016. This long-awaited rematch has taken more than a year to organise due to the schedule of both men, and promises to be another cracker.

The night will feature another four title fights, in addition to the undercard wich features Galway Black Dragon fighters Sean Ryan, Ben Devlin, Ryan Ali, Colm Dunphy, Joey Gallagher, Dara Mannion, James Kelly and Tom Scarry. The first of the 18 fights is scheduled for 4.30pm.

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