We are now only 9 days away from our 50th promotion under the Kickboxing Classics brand, the team have always attempted to go one better than the previous promotion each time, so far we have always managed to do so, but this time we have gone one better and are pleased to announce what we truly believe is one of, if not the biggest promotions in England for a number of years.
This time the show is called Fight Fest and that is just what promoter Shawn Burton wants to show off – a festival of fights for the whole family to enjoy and show how much talent there is in England with fighters travelling from Barnsley, Sunderland, Birmingham, Middlesborough, Bullwell, Boston, Coventry, Peterborough, Stoke, Leicester, Walsall, Scunthorpe, Sheffield and Sleaford to fight on what is now one of England’s leading promotions and a must to date for all coaches diaries.
Priding his shows on very even 50/50 bouts Burton has once again pulled out all of the stops to ensure that this event tops any of the previous shows he has put on with some great title fights on the card and giving a lot of gyms a chance to take a belt home with them even if the fights do not involve a Lincoln Fight Factory fighter. If two fighters are in form then there is a good chance that they will meet each other for a title at the George Street based gym.
Once again we have split the promotion into two shows with the juniors showing their skills on an afternoon show, before the adults lace up their gloves for some brutal fights in the evening.
Headlining the junior show is Lincoln Fight Factory’s Keegan Roberts who is looking to keep his ISKA British K1 title when he meets Scunthorpe’s Lukes Oades in a rematch from our November show. These two young lads put it all on the line in the quest for title glory, Keegan wants to fight the best and we made an open offer for all challengers, but it was the Oades camp at Twin Tigers who offered a rematch and if it is anything like their first fight the crowd are in for a real treat.
Another rematch on the card and our second title of the afternoon see’s Lincoln Fight Factory favorite Kraig Green get back on the winning track when he fights Ryan Evans from Brett Healeys MMAFIA Gym in Coventry for the vacant ISKA Midlands K1 title. These two future stars were involved in an absolute classic on Andy Melton’s show in Boston last October, with Ryan taking a narrow win to secure to EFK Midland title – a result that really could have gone either way. Kraig feels he wasn’t at his best that day and has begged for a rematch. Ryan never turns down a fight and we are sure that will be another gruelling battle and one that will really keep the crowd on their feet.
The final title on the afternoon show see’s Lincoln’s undefeated Lukas Nanartavicius vs Oliver Clarke from T6 Terriers in Stoke. Lukas was due to rematch Kai Bell from Contender Gym in Middlesborough, unfortunately he is out with an injury, so in steps Clarke.
Lukas and Oliver had a great spar at a recent gym show and the T6 camp offered Oliver to fight Lukas at the time, but the fight with Kai was already matched. As soon as they were asked to step in they jumped at the chance. This will be another cracking fight between to very talented 30kg kids.
Other kids from the Lincoln Fight Factory appearing on the afternoon show see’s undefeated stars Vinny Coyle and Lukas Venkus, plus Carl Cox, Aiden Richardson and debutant Jacob Cody in action.
Doors for the junior show open at 1:00pm with the first bout at 2:00pm.
If if junior show does’t already get your mouths watering then what we have in the evening really will. The evening see’s a mix of kickboxing, K1 and boxing all on the same card with 2 4 man K1 tournaments featuring the very best amateur K1 fighter in the U.K battling out for a World title fight in New York on Bobby Campbell’s show in November 2017.
The Kickboxing Classics team made to tournament public knowledge towards the end of last year and invited coaches to submit their fighters CVs for consideration, but didn’t expect the names and standards that they got and are very excited with what the night may bring. We have lost 3 fighters from the original 8 that singed up, but are very confident that they final 8 all have a great chance of winning their respective tournaments and moving on to fight in New York.
The first tournament is at 67kg and features Barnsley superstar Mareks Pelcis who needs no introduction – he is strong, young accurate and has devastating skills that have enthralled the Kickboxing Classics crowd on several occasions and we are delighted to have him sign up.
The 2nd entrant is Stiven Tomashevic from Musashi Gym in Peterborough. Stiven is a very classy, undefeated fighter, who has fought on previous shows at the LFF and really could be the dark horse of the tournament. A cool, compact and power fighter, Stiven could really cause an upset here.
The 3rd fighter stepping through the ropes is Ryan Foster from Armageddon Fit Spartans in Sunderland. Ryan’s coach Stuart Roper wanted to sign Ryan up to event when it was originally announced, but he was already in a 4 man event the month before and didn’t want to commit in case of injury. Not only did Ryan come through the event injury free, he also won the event and jumped at the chance when a spot became available. With a great schooling in K1 and previous tournament success, fan’s should not look passed Ryan when betting on a winner here.
The final fighter in the tournament is Kishore Moore from Eagle Kickboxing in Birmingham trained by Alex Vorfi. A late entrant into the tournament and coming back from the recent Irish Open with a silver medal, Kishore has great tournament experience and has had success against some of the world’s best fighters. Kishore is young and extremely hungry for success and will be hoping to use this event as a springboard into some big fights.
The second event is the 74kg tournament and this is the one that is really getting people excited as we have one of the Lincoln Fight Factory stars in battle.
The first fighter to sign up is Lincoln Fight Factory’s Petar Stoikov. Petar has only been at the gym 6 months and had 1 fight, stopping a current European champion in less than 1 minute of the 1st round, on a weeks notice and has shown great keenness to compete since moving to Lincoln from Bulgaria and has really impressed everyone at the gym. The team are extremely confident that he is good enough to win the tournament but know he will have to be at the very top of his game due to the standard of the others in the 4 man.
The biggest name in the tournament has to be Tommy Crossland from the Combat Academy in Barnsley. He has been one of the stand out fighters over the last few years and has pick up a host of titles along the way. Fighting out of the countries top gyms under the watchful eye of his brother Mick, Tommy will have studied everybody in the tournament and will be working on game plans to counter each individual he may meet.
The third fighter in the tournament is Function First’s Polish star Piotr Panczak who has stepped in t3 weeks ago due Henri Burnham from Fighting Tigers in Hastings receiving a medical suspension after fighting last month. Piotr has been in a great run of form and successfully defended his British title last month in Cambridge. Piotr is as tough as the come and reports are he is very, very heavy handed. The Lincoln man could be a surprise package here.
The final man in the 74kg tournament is Dawid Majcherzak, also from Musashi Gym in Peterborough. We can’t find any footage of Dawid, but the fact that he is trained by Alex Bulshunov tell us he will be a quality fighter so we expect another tough fight for however meets him in the semi final.
Aside from the two 4-man events we have a stacked card featuring the countries very best fighters.
Lincoln Fight Factory’s undefeated heavyweight star Gavin Chapman has begged for a tougher fight for this show as he believes he is now ready to step up to the next level and promoter Burton certainly got him his wishes with a fight with current K1 world champion and 43 fight veteran Athos Konstandi from the Bullwell Fight Factory – this won’t go the distance as both lads can bang.
Rob Love makes his kickboxing debut after a 15 month lay off from boxing when he faces Scunthorpe’s game Neil Anderson and Kyle Walker looks to continue his unbeaten start he has made for the gym when he fights Burnley’s very technical Aidan Whittle. Craig Tinker has his first taste of k1 rules kickboxing against TKMA Boston’s CJ Strudkick.
Lee Hellawell has another tough fight against Bullwell’s sharp punching Conner Millaward and Doru Zeala fights Scunthorpe man Dave Carter in a tasty looking boxing bout.
A nice K1 bout that we are very excited to be promoting features Spirit Dojo’s Ben Goodard and Musashi’s Dennis ‘The Beast from the East’ Narubin. This is a very good fight to have on the card between two men that may not have the most experience but certainly have great skills that the crowd will really enjoy.
Another K1 fight that stands out on the card in Sleaford’s stand out fighter Taylor Sellars looking to get back to winning way’s against Leicester Kickboxing undefeated prospect Mabas Sanda. Taylor will be looking for revenge when he takes on Sanda who holds a win over his team mate Ben Jackson. Mabas had fans begging him to come back to Lincoln when he scored a first round head kick K1 against Jackson. This fight could steal the show.
We would like to thank the event sponsors Byland Countryside Services Ltd, AMG Plumbing and Heating, Chapman’s Bespoke, Majestics Personal Training, The Print Master and S.A.R Joinery Contractors for their continued support, without their generosity shows of this caliber would never take place.
Doors for the adult show open at 6:00pm with the first bout set for 6:30pm. Tickets are priced at £25 for adults, £15 for under 16’s and a VIP table of 10 is £350 – 1 ticket covers 2 shows.
For more information call Shawn on 07900932690.