Pre-Christmas cheer for Galway kickboxers

The Black Dragon Kickboxing Club ended 2008 on a high with their end of the year promotion at the Black Box Theatre entitled "Seasons Beatings".

The club fielded 14 fighters and came away with 12 wins and 1 draw.

The IKF All Ireland Lightweight title was up for grabs and Galway’s Sean Cumiskey took on Belfast fighter David Walsh over five rounds and earned himself a unanamous points victory to add the Irish title to his Five Nations Crown which he won last May.

The second international featured Galway’s Connor Mc Callion taking on England’s Joe Wells over three rounds, and although McCallion’s corner were confident of victory, the judges saw it as a draw.

Dubliner Aidan Brooks, who fights out of Pete Foley’s international camp, took on Jean Claude Albina for the vacant IKF European Heavyweight title and this was set for five rounds.

Albina, who came in just under the 97 kilo limit, tried to bully the slightly lighter Brooks, but Brooks fired back with power punches and kicks which visibly hurt the big man. In the third he dropped Albina for a count, and although Albina continued, the referee called the fight off, giving Aidan Brooks victory by TKO and the IKF European Heavyweight Title.

Donna Larkin took on Chantelle Cameron from England in the first of the international bouts, but was unsuccessful in her attempt to lift the IKF 5 Nations Title after a bruising five rounds.

The main event was Ireland taking on a select team from Guadaloupe in the French Carribbean.

First up was Galway’s Gary Manogue who dazzelled his opponent with lightning fast handspeed and solid kicks for a down, followed by a footsweep that knocked him again and he was counted out giving Ireland first blood by TKO.

Tinica Silviu Bogdanel (T-Bob ) was next in and he went the full four rounds with Francis Rigot and scored a points win.

Amy Charles-Wilson took on Emma Julienne over a scheduled fourrounds but she caught the Carribbean girl with a solid right hook to the solar plexus after about 40 seconds or so and she recieved a standing count. After a barrage of unanswered kicks and punches, Julienne threw in the towel.

IKF Irish champion Eric Daly faced Damien Renaud and this went the full four rounds with Daly securing a clear points victory.

Others in action were two junior fighters, 12-years-old James Ward who was awarded a points win, and Charlie Ward, who scored a TKO over his Kerry opponent.

Catherine Cullinan from Claregalway went through a scheduled three rounds before winning by unanamous decision.

In an experiment two of Pete Foleys private clients from his fightingfit.ie daytime business featured in aWhite Collar Boxing Match, and it was Paul Mc Guire, off Bike Tech Motorcycles, who took a points victory over a game Connor Farrell.

Making his debut fight was Galway’s Paul Delaney who took on Tralee man Kenneth Bentley over a scheduled three rounds. In the third round Delaney caught the Kerryman with a vicious right hook on the chin which knocked him out cold.

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