As we enter 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 promotion 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, Wigan, Birmingham, Middlesborough, Bullwell, Boston, Coventry, Peterborough, Stoke, Hastings, Leicester, Crowborough, Tamworth, London, Kings Lynn, 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 3rd title fight on the daytime show see’s North East meet North West when Barnsley’s Gasan Gindra fights for the vacant -50kg British full contact 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.
The final title on the afternoon show see’s Lincoln’s undefeated Lukas Nanartavicius rematch Kai Bell from the world famour Contender Gym in Middlesborough. Lukas beat Kai in a extremely close fight in Boston last October and again it was Contender’s head coach and Kai’s dad Gary who made the challenge. These are 2 of he best 30kg kids in the country under the k1 rules format and this fight wouldn’t look out of place on any adult show.
Other kids from the Lincoln Fight Factory appearing on the afternoon show see’s undefeated stars Danny Kennedy, Vinny Coyle, Danny Elliot 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 on 8 Novemebr 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.
The first tournament is at 67kg and features Barnsley superstar Mareks Pelcis who needs no introduction – he is strong, young accurate and has devasting skills that have enthralled the Kickboxing Classics crowd on several occassions and we are delighted to have him sign up.
Next up the very exciting Sam Godfrey from Assassins Gym in Crowborough. We have had several battles against the Assassins Gym and his coach Lewis Pears jumped at the chance to enter Sam in the tournament and is very confident that he will be going to New York in November.
The 3rd 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.
The final fighter in the 67kg event is London man Pablo Ben. Little is known about Ben, other than he has only 1 loss from 14 fights and and mixed in K1 and MMA and like the others, jumped at the chance to enter. We have had good reports about Pablo and look forward to welcoming him to Lincoln on 25 March.
The second event is the 74kg tournament and this is the one that is really getting people excited.
The first fighter to sign up is Lincoln Fight Factory’s Petar Stoikov. Petar has only been at the gym 4 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 gym under the watchful eye of his brother Mick, Tommy will has 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 the tall, silky skilled Henri Burnham from Fighting Tigers in Hastings. We have seen some excellent footage of the current ICO Middleweight champion and believe he could be the one to beat on the night. He is a tall, rangy fighter who has a lot of skills and is very sharp – a few people have said who ever beats Henri will win the event.
The final man in the 74kg tournament is Dawid Majcherzak, also from Musashi Gym in Peterborough. He 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.
We believe we have secured the very best cadet fight in the country when 2 teenages with over 40 fights between them and only 3 losses come face to face to battle out for the ISKA British Cadet title at 67kg. Jack Dilloway from TKA, Tamworth finally gets the fight he has wanted for the last year when he meets Brogan Wilson from Barnsley.
The second title fight of the evening see’s TKMA Wigan’s head coach Dale Bannister putting his undefeated record on the line when he gets a chance to fight for the ISKA British title at 75kg against Leicester Kickboxing’s Ross Thompson. Dale has won everything there is to win on the mats and is looking to have a successful career in the ring, but will have to be at the very top of his game if he wants to beat Thompson who only has 1 loss and that was for a European title in Ireland last year.
Lincoln Fight Factory’s undefeated heavyweight star Gavin Champan 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 and both lads can bang.
Another fight that we are really looking forward to having on the card in Bullwell’s Gavin Capness and Function First Polish star Piotr Panczak. Gavin is undefeated in 5 fights and we have heard some great things from people who have trained with Piotr in the passed, so we are very excited about this bout.
A great 5 round prestige bout also features on the card when TKMA Boston’s current EFK European champion Craig Young squares off against Armageddon Fit Spartans Ryan Foster. This fight could be top of the bill on any card in the UK and for any major title but on this show it is just to see who deserves a crack at the top titles in Europe. Young is flash and confident but has a very tough fight against Foster who has double he experience. The winner could earn a crack at current world champion Zak Evans on a future show if they impress.
Rob Love makes his kickboxing debut after a 15 month lay off and Kyle Walker looks to continue his unbeaten start he has made for the gym. 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, Matt Kennedy looks to do the double of Twin Tiger’s when he fights Arturas Ciudinovas and Doru Zeala fights Kings Lynn tough guy Shaun Mitchell.
A nice heavyweight k1 bout opens the show when Combat Academy knockout king Aaron Gibbs looks to put his unbeaten record on the line when he fights the more experienced and very dangerous Luke Hodgkinson from Bullwell.
We would like to thank the event sponsors Byland Countryside Services Ltd, AMG Plumbing and Heating and S.A.R Joinery Contractors for their continued support, without their generosity shows of this calibre 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.