Kickboxing champions ready for first clash of the season

Pictured at the last sparring session before the event. L-R back row: Peter Sheppard (Knocknacarra), Jerrid Curry (Loughatalia), Darren Woods (Corofin), Dara Mannion (Westside), Cian McCormack (Kinvara), Jamie O Sullivan (Clonberne), Kevin Niland (Tuam), Thomas Scarry (Moughlough/Ballybane). Front row: Tom Hopwood (Galway city), Mike Armstrong (Canada), Whitney Sheppard (Knocknacarra), Sean Ryan (Cong), chief coach Pete Foley (Annaghdown), Hannah Darcy (Galway city), Oisin Concannon ( Barna), Sofia Huish (Knocknacarra), Ivan Aguas (Spain), John Byrnes (Bohermore).

Pictured at the last sparring session before the event. L-R back row: Peter Sheppard (Knocknacarra), Jerrid Curry (Loughatalia), Darren Woods (Corofin), Dara Mannion (Westside), Cian McCormack (Kinvara), Jamie O Sullivan (Clonberne), Kevin Niland (Tuam), Thomas Scarry (Moughlough/Ballybane). Front row: Tom Hopwood (Galway city), Mike Armstrong (Canada), Whitney Sheppard (Knocknacarra), Sean Ryan (Cong), chief coach Pete Foley (Annaghdown), Hannah Darcy (Galway city), Oisin Concannon ( Barna), Sofia Huish (Knocknacarra), Ivan Aguas (Spain), John Byrnes (Bohermore).

The Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Club hosts the first of its yearly events with an international Ireland versus Belgium and France kickboxing and K-1 fight night in The Ardilaun Hotel, Galway.

"Rumble On The Hill" will feature 11 home fighters on a 12 fight card - the main event featuring IKF European K-1 champion and three time world gold medalist Cian "The Ginja Ninja" McCormack from Kinvara. McCormack, who fights out of the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym, will lock horns with Belgian champion Dario De Brabander from the famous Lamiro Fight Club Gym in Brussels in a fight will be under Pro K-1 rules.

McCormack has not fought in more than a year, so is eager to put on a performance for the Galway fight fans, while De Brabander insists he is not coming to Galway for a holiday.

Two Black Dragon fighter have their first fights. Tom Hopwood from Galway city takes on Belgian opposition under K-1 rules and he squares off with Anass Khajou from the renowned Muay Thai FMK Gym in the Flemish region of Ronse, while Oisin Concannon from Barna will take on Belgian Younes Bouloufa, also from Muay Thai FMK, and this fight will be under full contact kickboxing rules.

Current light cruiserweight All Ireland champion and last year's world gold medalist Jamie O;Sullivan from Clonbern will take on Louis Van Der Bruggen, who also fights out of Muay Thai FMK.

Black Dragon fighters and crowd pleasers Sean Ryan from Cong and Dara Mannion from Westside will mix it up with two French fighters from the world famous Team Lamouret from the city of Tergnier in North France. Sean will take on Mamad Sy in his first K-1 rules contest, and Dara Mannion, will face off with tough Frenchman Julien Crinon under Low Kick Kickboxing rules.

Other Galway Black Dragon fighters who make up the undercard are: Thomas Scarry from Moylough, taking on Eamonn Byrne from Top Pro Gym in Kilkenny under Low Kick Kickboxing rules; Ivan Aguas from Spain taking on Ciaran Healy from O'Neill Fitness in Oldcastle, Co Meath, under K-1 rules; Darren Woods from Corofin taking on Luke O'Connor from Spirit MMA in Tralee under K-1 rules; Jerrid Curry from Washington taking on Cian McCabe from Black Dragon Gym in Cavan under Low Kick rules; and Evelyn Coffey from Salthill taking on Roseanna Shanahan from Limerick Hub under Low Kick Kickboxing rules.

As a special treat current IKF All Ireland Lightweight Champion Tyrone Cronin-O'Brien from Limerick Hub Kickboxing will make a first defence of his title to number one contender Shane Lawless from the Na Fianna Gym in Athlone.

The first fight scheduled for 6.30pm.

 

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