We are now into the final week of training for the next Kickboxing Classics event at the Lincoln Fight Factory on 20 August 2016 and what a show we have lined up this time with fighters from France coming over to fight two of England’s hottest prospects for World and European honors as well as a host of British and English title fights on the full day event of kickboxing, boxing and K1 rules bouts.
This time the show is called Britain’s Got Talent and that is just what promoter Shawn Burton wants to show off – how much talent there is in England with fighters travelling from Luton, Bristol, Barnsley, Sunderland, Wigan, Birmingham, Burntwood, Grimsby, Boston, Coventry, Middlesborough, Ipswich, Peterborough, Blackburn and Sleaford to fight on what is now one of England’s leading promotions and a must to date for many coaches dairies.
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 extend his unbeaten run and add another belt to his collection when he meets Luton’s Mikhail Ali Ravjani for the EFK Junior British K1 title in a fight that would not look out of place on any major event. This two youngsters have fought everybody on the scene within the last 18 months and have never been afraid to put it all on the line and test themselves against the best in the country. This is a great match on paper between two slick, confident fighters who will both be willing to give it their all to take the title home.
In a rematch from our last Kickboxing Classics event Kumel Ali Ravjani will be looking to defend his English title against Sonny Greaves from the renowned Combat Academy in Barnsley. Sonny stepped in at short notice for the first fight but will be extremely confident of winning the fight after a proper training camp, Ravjani on the other hand knows how to beat Greaves and will be hoping for a repeat on 20 August.
The 3rd title fight on the daytime show see’s North East meet North West when Sunderland’s Zach Marshall fights for the vacant -50kg British title against Wigan’s talented Kieran Unsworth. Both these lads have lot’s of experience under several fighting systems with belts a plenty, but this belt will be at the top of their wish list and really elevate the winner into some big European fights on our future shows.
On the undercard Lincoln Fight Factory’s Kraig Green is still buzzing off his first win 2 months ago and will be looking to add to that when he fights Dylan Wood Scholz from Spartans Gym in Sunderland under K1 rules. Seeing the name Spartans tells you straight away he is going to be a tough, stylish fighter as is the mould for all Paul Greives team, but we are confident Kraig’s new found confidence will shine through and earn him his 2nd win on the spin.
Aiden Richardson has his second fight for the club when he meet’s Coventry’s Declan Hollis in a K-1 rules bout. Aiden is looking to get his first win and like Kraig, hopes to find this in his new rules set he wants to compete in. Trained at MMAFIA by Brett Healey we know that Declan will be a tough, fit and talented fighter so Aiden will have to be at the very top of his game here.
A fight that really catches the eye is between 2 fighters destined for major honors as seniors is the bout between Saxons Callum Smith and Rav Boyz Kaamil Ali Ravjani. Anybody who doesn’t know these 2 fighters now, certainly will by the end of the show.
Also on the card are Lincoln Fight Factory’s unbeaten kids Danny Elliot and Karl Cox and debutants Danny Kennedy and Vinny Coyle.
Doors for the junior show open at 1:00pm with the first bout at 2:00pm.
On the adult show we have some mouth-watering fights that any promoter in the UK would love to have on their card.
None are more eagerly anticipated than Full Contacts latest star Zak Evans from Adrenline Gym in Burntwood trained by Chris Bladon. Zak left fans amazed when he fought on our last promotion stopping French man Jean Marie Pietrzak in 2 rounds to claim the EFK European title. After winning several fights since then and a couple more European titles we are delighted to have what we believe is the pound for pound best amateur fighter on the circuit at the minute, return to the show. This time he will have without doubt the toughest fight of his career when he meets French star Alain Lebrun for the World crown. Alain also holds a win over Pietrzak so this is a bout that had to be made. “We have seen Alain fight several times before and know how much our friend, Thierry Tamas (Lebrun’s coach) rates him, this is a huge task for Zak but a fight I am thrilled as a promoter to have on the show” said Burton, “for me this is the biggest amateur full contact fight on the circuit at this moment in time.”
Main support of the Evans vs Lebrun fight is Saxon’s Brandon Short, trained by former world champion Tyler Shakespear in Birmingham. Brandon is one of full contact’s best kept secrets but with a host of belts to his name it was only a matter of time before we were able to secure his services on a Kickboxing Classics events. With no offers for the UK to fight him given his credentials we had to look further a field and once again Thierry Tamas had the perfect solution, Gaetan Rametta. This bout will be for the EKF European title and who knows the winner may face the winner of the Evans/Lebrun fight for the world title on a show here next year or maybe a 4-man event…… the possibilities are endless.
Another great title fight on the card is Sleaford’s hot prospect Taylor Sellars challenging for the EFK British title against the talented Jay Warren from Cleveland Gym in Middlesborough. Taylor has fought on most of the Kickboxing Classics shows in the last few years and always gives the crowd what they want, fast, stylish and very heavy handed, he will need to be at the top of his game to take the title back to Sleaford, as Warren will be looking to add another title to his impressive tally of silverware.
Other standout bouts on the evening show see’s a great K1 rules bout between Blackburn’s undefeated Ryan Kelly and Peterborough’s former English champion Alex Grugorjev. Kelly has fought in many rule sets including K-1, boxing and full contact kickboxing and has won all 3 of his K-1 fights, but again he will need to step up a level to continue his winning run.
New fan favourite Tarau Veronel Ömer returns to the show, when the former Romanian and European amateur champion returns to the ring to face Birmingham’s MMA and boxing prospect Ant Phillips, whilst Doru Zeala meets Phillips stablemate, the vastly experienced Shaun Williams in another great boxing bout.
Other Lincoln fighters on the card are Danny Goulding, Lee Hellawell, Joshua Jackson, Graham Rainey and Tom ‘Mad Dog’ Martin.
Doors for the adult show open at 6:00pm with the first bout set for 6:30pm. Tickets are priced at £20 for adults (£25 on the door) and £15 for under 16’s. Or a VIP table of 10 is £350.
For more information call Shawn on 07900932690.