Rutland kickboxing trio Adam Crazy Bear Gray, Pierce Spongebob Everly and the undefeated Ross Rawhide Thompson stepped into the ring at Brawl in the Hall Three at Bulwell town hall in Nottingham last week.
The small venue was shoulder to shoulder with a fantastic array of fight fans and the small contingent of Rutlanders who came to watch the two debutants, Gray, 83kg, Everly, 69kg, and the Thompson, 75kg,were in good form, and eager for the show to start.
Gray’s was first into the ring from Rutland, fighting the giant Karl Murdoch.
The two circled each, looking for an opening, a few jabs were thrown when suddenly Murdoch started to club at Gray with a series of overhand rights, which we found out later had floored a series of sparring partners. Gray covered up and countered with some hooks followed by a low leg kick, but the momentum was with Murdoch.
Again he rushed at Gray until he had him on the ropes and bombard him with those big heavy arms, but Gray shock it off and countered with a heavy leg kick of his own. The fight progressed this way with Murdoch being roared at by the crowd, his flurry of punches on a covered up Gray, and Gray’s counter of a single leg kick just seemed so one sided.
The bell ended and both fighters retired to their corners, the home crowd satisfied that the opening round was theirs. But shock was soon to follow, and the Rutlander’s training had shown itself to be superior to the roughhouse boxing display of the home fighter as he found he could not bend his leg, and the swelling had started to manifest itself with welts showing. Murdoch could not walk therefore he could not continue, giving Gray a first round TKO victory.
Next up was Thompson, still undefeated at 3-0-0, looking as trim as ever, he was up against another home fighter Roy Boswell, who bought a record of 1-1-0, but had an unknown boxing experience.
The fight started at blistering pace with Boswell attempting to close the gap but just meeting a wall of front and side kicks from the taller man. His boxing skills showed as he eventually bobbed his way inside the leg guard of the Rutlander, only to meet the clinch and receive knees reminiscent of the fabled rooster technique favoured by his trainer’s Thai boxing days.
The knee strikes were devastating and were followed by some thumping long range boxing shots which left Boswell receiving a mandatory count, he was unable to continue so another first round TKO was recorded.
Up last was Everly against Percy Jones. The Sponge leapt in as soon as the bell started, totally negating his reach advantage and went toe to toe hailing a flurry of head shots, and to his credit Jones bobbed and weaved, ducked and countered with a solid clinch and knee attack, and landed the much cleaner blows.
But the Sponge just kept coming, soaking up the crisp counters from Percy, and landing his heavy shots, but at a losing ratio.
The fight slowed as it just had too, the pressure from the Everly was incredible, and as if planned the fight changed, Spongebob was now using his reach and just throwing heavy roundhouse kicks after heavy roundhouse kicks to the ribs and body of Jones.
Unable to catch a breath Everly just kept the kicks coming, and when Jones found himself upon the ropes shouts of Spongebob Spongebob filled the ever smaller venue, a solid pair of punches from Everly spelt the end for Jones, who despite attempting to make the count could not stand without the ref’s help, and it was another first round win by KO, making it an incredible night for the Rutlander.
If anyone wants to get fighting fit come train at our many fitness classes, but if you feel the urge to enter the ring, either boxing or kickboxing get in touch with Rutland Kickboxing instructor Danny Byrne on 07880 987638