5 Reasons to go to the Home Show
After an amazing night of Muay Thai and K1 action at the Duel Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago, north east fight fans have just a matter of 6 days to wait until we are treated to another night of top Muay Thai and K1 action with the UK’s top talent at the Home Show on 25th February. Here’s five reasons why you should be there:
#1 The Atmosphere and Production
If you were at the last Home Show in July last year, you’ll know what kind of atmosphere Tony Cunningham and the Millennium team bring to the 1000-seater Blyth Sports Centre. With international stars such as Reece McAllister, Juan Cervantes and many more headlining last years show, it was one of the top shows in the UK, but this time they are going even bigger and better with both fights and production.
With huge LED screens either side of a stage entrance, the show has stepped up the presentation with graphics and design from Hero Images, all fighters gloves are once again supplier by top brand Sandee, and shorts by Bolo Fightwear. Check out the full running order of bouts at the bottom of this article.
#2 WKA English Title Main Event
Headlined by Millennium’s own John Cairns, who is highly touted to be a future international star, taking on another top North East fighter who has competed in Europe, Unity’s Craig Shadforth, this WKA Pro English title bout should not be missed. Both lads have a wealth of experience, both have knockout power (just check out John’s headkick KO from FFC that went viral), and both will be looking to make their mark as the North East’s and UK’s best at 76kg.
#3 The Undercard
Although this is technically the “undercard”, the quality of bouts are worthy of a main card on any North East show. Kicking off with Contender Promotions‘ Garry Bell’s son Kai Bell, taking on Geraldo Holzken, the son of none other than former GLORY Kickboxing champion Nieky Holzken.
Soon after this, we kick-off the 63kg Junior WKA Muay Thai championship tournament, followed by many more top bouts, including two more WKA title bouts; Jai Suu’s Kevin Carr takes on highly ranked Robert Barry for the 63kg WKA Muay Thai Northern Area title, and another Jai Suu favourite Dean Logan taking on Ben Goldsborough for the 66kg WKA Muay Thai Northern Area title.
“King of the North” Gary Laws of Northern Kings gym is also on the card, taking on Jai Suu’s Stephen Williams. Both of these fighters will compete in the four-man tournament at Victory Promotions‘ Battle of the North 2 on the 8th April. Laws always brings a loud following with him wherever he fights, but the home crowd of the Millennium and Jai Suu family will be just as loud and will undoubtedly create a buzzing atmosphere for these two lads.
#4 Main Event Four-Man Tournament
The second four-man tournament of the night kicks off on the main card with another one of Millennium‘s promising youngsters, Kyle Todd, competing in the championship tournament for the 70kg WKA title. The 19-year-old won 9 from 9 fights in 2016, including 5 titles, beating names such as Jack Kelly from Ireland, Jack Demarco from Scotland, Jordan Carr from Legions Gym and Paul Gregson from Pheonix just to name a few.
Todd and the Millennium team will be looking to continue winning ways in front of a huge home crowd, but it will not be an easy task with the possibility of facing any of the other three tournament participants in Jordan Trainor, Ryan Foster and Tommy Crossland, who all have the potential of winning this tournament and will be putting on their best performances in front of the Enfusion scouts.
#5 Enfusion Talents
It was announced by promoter Tony Cunningham that Enfusion Talent scouts will be in attendance on fight night, so not only will we see some of the best domestic and international bouts on Saturday, but you can guarantee all competitors from the beginning of the undercard right through to the main bouts such as Leif Taggart vs Nick Gruiters, Jack Sampola vs Catalin Filimon, Claire Clements vs Eimear Codd and Thomas Daniel vs Niels Wilmink will all be putting on their best performances to impress the Enfusion scouts.
The full running order for Saturday night is as follows:
1. Kai Bell vs Geraldo Holzken – 30kg junior K1 light
2. 63kg WKA Four-Man Junior Muay Thai Grand Prix – Semi-Final 1
3. 63kg WKA Four-Man Junior Muay Thai Grand Prix – Semi-Final 2
4. Nathan Ryder vs Michael Hall – 65kg Semi-Pro K1 Bout
5. Kevin Carr vs Robert Barry – 63kg WKA Northern Area B-Class Muay Thai Title
6. Gary Laws vs Stephen Williams – 61kg B-class Muay Thai
7. Pete Hymers vs Jonny Winn
8. Dean Logan vs Ben Goldsborough – 66kg WKA Northern B-Class Area Muay Thai Title
9. 63kg WKA Four-Man Junior Muay Thai Grand Prix – Final
10. Kristian Atkinson vs Zakaria Bouyanfif
11. 70kg WKA 4 Man Grand Prix – Semi Final 1
12. 70kg WKA 4 Man Grand Prix – Semi Final 2
13. Rayko Levitchi vs Martin Sweeney – 65kg Pro K1 Bout
14. Mareks Pelcis vs Levi Mikkers
15. Conor Brown vs Alex Marton – 72kg Pro K1 Bout
16. Leif Taggart vs Nick Gruijters
17. Jack Sampola vs Catalin Filimon – 77kg Pro K1 Bout
18. Claire Clements vs Eimear Codd – 63.5kg WBC World Title
19. Thomas Daniel vs Niels Wlimink – 85kg WKA International Title
20. 70kg WKA 4 Man Grand Prix – Final
21. John Cairns vs Craig Shadforth – 76kg WKA Pro English Title