K1 = A-OK
To Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall on Sunday the 15th, for my second fightcard in two days – Showsport’s “First Step Road To Tokyo” (a valiant attempt at an Engrish style name, but it just misses somehow. I can’t put my finger on exactly how or why), with mostly K1 but also Muay Thai and MMA bouts. It was great – not a bad fight all night.
The results can be found in this messageboard thread (25th post). The centrepiece of the card was an eight man K1 elimination tournament (I like K1 rules kickboxing a hell of a lot more than I like ‘sport karate’ style kickboxing), eventually won in impressive fashion by John Love. The star of the evening, though, was one Steve Hamilton from Weymouth. He bravely opted to go toe-to-toe with the visibly much heavier ‘Nasty’ Nasser Mohammed (trained by Kash ‘The Flash’ Gill, who once nearly beat up a friend of mine. True story.) in the first fight, winning a decision and providing great stuff for us spectators but taking a lot of punishment in the process. In the second fight he stopped Alex Gould with an absolutely spectacular spinning back fist, but in the final all the stick he’d taken caught up with him and the ref called it in the second. Another really exciting one was Birmingham’s Chris Cooper against Alex Gould – Cooper seems to have a chin of granite, although keeping your hands down still probably isn’t the best idea.
The two MMA fights were quick, with Paul Taylor proving himself to be an absolute beast at welterweight (not that he wasn’t already an absolute beast). One of the interesting things about these mixed-style cards is the way that folk who are fans of only one sport react to the others. Some people near me who responded to Terry Etim’s armbar with a “What, is that it? Over already?” were significantly more impressed with Paul Taylor’s G’n’P. It’s not just groundfighting that baffles people though – there was an undercurrent of disapproval towards the clinch work in the Thai fight.
A fantastic card overall, anyway, lots and lots of fun to watch.
~ Russ L, who didn’t miss the last bus either.