The dust has finally settled from the First Feud event at the Lincoln Fight Factory on 11 November and after a week of analysing, several meetings and time to reflect on the results for the gym in and out of the ring, it is now safe to say the show was a huge success.
Twice a year we put on a double show on the same day, featuring some of the countries best junior fighters in the afternoon and then a mix of novice and experienced seniors in the evening with a mix of K1, Full Contact and Boxing bouts on the card.
As always, the day show featured some of the very best junior fighters in the UK travelling to Lincoln to fight on an action packed card, with gyms travelling from Middlesborough, Barnsley, Grimsby, Tamworth, Scunthorpe, Walsall and Sheffield.
First up for the Lincoln Fight Factory was 7 year old debutante Ruslan Gerasimovic in a K1 rules bout against Jack Bazely from Twin Tigers in Scunthorpe. The was a great fight between to very technical junior fighters with Ruslan scoring a first round knockdown over his more experienced opponent to take a great first win.
Second up for the gym was Jacob Cody against Sheffield’s Max Cooper in another K1 rules bout. This bout was a great clash of styles with Jacob the taller and more technical fighter against the shorter and very game Cooper. We thought we had done more than enough to take the win, but sadly the judges disagreed and the victory went to the Sheffield camp. A great fight between two talented young fighters.
Third up for the gym was Lukas Venkus facing Grimsby’s Jack Miall in a full contact bout. A very entertaining fight with both lads throwing everything they had at each other. A real back and forth fight, but the judges favored the Grimsby boys work
Next up for the junior fight team was Charlie Hodgeson making his debut for the Lincoln Fight Factory against the taller Keogh Smith from Twin Tigers. Another great clash of styles, with Smith using his reach to great effect, keeping the aggressive Charlie at bay and not allowing him to land any of his heavy shots. A great fight from both and a great tactical game plan from the Twin Tigers camp.
The final junior fighter for the Lincoln Fight Factory and main event on the junior card was the inform Lukas Nanartavicius looking to add the ISKA -33kg K1 British title to his collection and make it 9-0 when he met the very skillful Stevie Weldrake (9-1) from Contender Gym, Middlesborough.
These two met in October with Lukas taking the WKA Low Kick title in Boston in a great fight. Going into the fight we knew Lukas would have to be on the very top of his game if he was to remain undefeated and on the day he was just that. Scoring a knockdown in the first round with a great right hand, Lukas showed superior strength over the 5 rounds landing to solid head kicks and leg kicks to a very game and dangerous Weldrake.
Stevie really forced the pace in the final round to a tiring Lukas, but a strong lead with already formed and Lukas took a unanimous decision on all the judges score cards, paving way for a European title shot on our super show on 24 March 2018.
The evening show saw a mix of boxing, kickboxing and K1 rules bouts for first timers right up to European title level fights with gyms travelling as far as Ireland to compete.
First up for the home gym was unbeaten boxer DJ Tollerton looking to making it 4 straight wins against the heavier Artur Skopinov from Inspire Gym, Derby. DJ used great skills and ring craft to control the fight from the first bell, scoring a standing 8 count in the process before coasting home to a solid points victory. We have a lot of hopes in the 17 year old so keep an eye out for the name.
Next up with debutante Damian Nakwaski in a K1 rules bout against Twin Tigers Michael Hudak. The fight started very evenly with both fighters throwing strong long kicks before Damian landed a solid right hand to Hudak’s chin, leaving the referee no decision but to call an immediate halt to contest.
The next fighter up was European Champion Keegan Roberts looking to add the -50kg K1 European title to his large haul of awards. Facing Keegan was Machine MMA fighter Kyle Chester. Kyle came to the ring with a 17-1 record and reports of the Middlesborough fighter were all very good so we we expecting a very tough fight and we got just that.
From the first bell Kyle looked to force the pace and land heavy shots with both his hands and his feet. Luckily Keegan was on the very top of his game and in our opinion put in a career best performance, using great counter skills, nullifying all of Chester’s advances with perfectly timed right hands and right kicks.
After 5 hard fought rounds, all 3 judges scored the contest in Keegan’s favor, but the scores didn’t reflect how even these lads were.
Keegan has now been called out by Chester’s team mate for our 24 March show, so this could be another great fight to look forward to.
Kraig Green was next up for the gym when he took on Ireland’s Morgan McEnroe for the 5 Nations K1 title. This was another great clash of styles with Green’s powerful kicks and Morgan’s solid boxing work on the inside. This was the most exciting fight of the evening with neither fighter giving an inch in the fight, as both traded heavy shots for the whole 5 rounds.
Kraig used great kicking skills, hammering the legs of Morgan, whilst the Irish National Team boxer Morgan, pushed to get on the inside and land some rib bending body shots.
After 5 rounds nobody in the room knew for sure which was the result would go with a proper 50/50 split – would it be the great kicks from Green or the pressure from McEnroe that would catch the judges eyes? After a long debate the score cards were read out – the decision was a draw, so guess what? They will go again on 24 March at Deans Leisure Centre in Lincoln.
One of the shining stars of the 2017 Beginners Kickboxing Course, Lewis Etoria was next up for the gym, looking to make it 2-0 when he faced YouTube sensation Jacob Warin from Cleveland KB in another K1 Rules bout.
Hitting almost 40 and only starting training in January, Lewis has made massive progress in the K1 ranks and is becoming one of the first names down on the fight lists.
Lewis is performing like a very accomplished fighter already, looking relaxed in the the ring, picking shots, catching kicks and throwing hurtful counters. This is what won him the fight and Saturday and if he keeps progressing and this rate, could be chasing area titles by the end of 2018.
The penultimate fight for the gym was another K1 rule bout when Phil Robbins had is 2nd K1 fight for the club against Twin Tigers Dave Carter. Dave had fought on 2 of our previous shows, so we knew he was awkward and tough, so was expecting a tough nights work. Sadly this didn’t go to plan, with Phil landing a lead leg head kick after 7 seconds, knocking out Carter cold and smashing Jordan McLoughin’s record for the fastest knockout in the gym.
Thankfully after medical treatment Carter rose to his feet to a standing ovation and managed to pose for photos after. This was the best head kick KO you are likely to every see and sets up Phil’s Midland title fight with local rival Dom Barnard on 24 March 2018 at Deans Leisure Centre into a real mouthwatering contest.
The final bout of the evening saw Kyle Walker jump in at the 11th our and step up 2 weight divisions to face Peterborough boxer and Brent Boxings Head Coach Brent Frith in a boxing bout over 3×2 minute rounds. Kyle has had a fairly long absence away from the gym and the ring and was keen to come back and put everything to bed. He certainly did this on Saturday as he came out to prove a real point and looked very focused from the first bell.
Brent looked to weather Kyle’s early onslaught and just when he thought Kyle was slowing down, he would feel the force of several more hurtful shots.
After the first round the corner told Kyle to calm down and pick his shots, instructions that he followed to the word, calling the referee to call a halt to the fight in the second round with Brent seemingly out on his feet. A great win for Kyle, who will be looking to make it 3-0 for the gym on 3rd December at the Lincoln Fight Factory.
Overall it was a great weekend for the gym, with 2 new champions crowned and all the fighters giving it their all. So a thank you from everyone at Feud Promotions for making our first show a success and we can’t wait to see you all 24 March 2018 where we have Tinchy Stryder performing and Frank Bruno doing a meet and greet and an hour talk with all our VIP guests before a night of truly world class fight action.