Ahead of our KOMBAT ZONE event on Sunday and with new members of our team ready to make their debuts it’s with much personal sadness that I formally announce the retirement of two long serving members of our TKO fight team and Champions, Rob Burbridge and Dan Chubb. I say with sadness, because the two of them have during their competitive careers been an absolute pleasure to work with, not at any time have they not conducted themselves with complete professionalism in the way they have gone about their training and preparation and they are perfect role models for any of the aspiring fighters within the TKO organisation. They will of course continue to be a big part of our future as both of them are now an established part of both our teaching staff and the coaching team for our competitive squad.
Rob retires a undefeated IKF 5 Nations Amateur Super-middleweight Champion, a title he won back in May 2009 and went on to defend successfully 4 times, a fantastic achievement in an era where some Champions do not even make one defence.
Rob had one attempt at the World amateur title when he went to Minnesota, USA and challenged a great fighter Caleb Plant losing by a split decision in a very good fight. It was always our aim to get a return fight but unfortunately it’s a regret that I was never able to secure that match for Rob however the American team have the utmost respect for him and to get a split decision overseas will tell you how close the fight was
Rob also challenged away from home for the European title and lost a decision to Cathal Manning. I have always believed that this was a fight that Rob won but at the end of the day it’s down to the judges and although bitterly disappointed Rob accepted the decision with much dignity.
Robs last fight was in February of this year where he clearly defeated Chris Lovell. A fantastic career and a real credit to TKO
Dan’s last fight was also in February where he took part in one of the fights of the year and lost a tough decision to the very good Pro fighter James Cornick. Dan having moved into the Pro ranks after an unbeaten amateur career.
Dan went 10-0 as an amateur winning along the way the Southern Area amateur title, however without a doubt the highlight of his career would have been him winning the 2008 IKF World Class tournament in Florida. Scoring 3 wins in one day, along the way he totally dominated the hot American fighter of the time Herman Taylor who was 23-0 at the time. It was a great result, one of the best scored by any TKO fighter.
As a Pro Dan beat the very experienced fighter Michael Johnson and also Mark Townley, however after the loss to Cornick and finding the time to train properly ever harder with his own work career going very well Dan has decided to retire.
Both Rob and Dan deserve all the credit for what they have achieved and for any new members of the TKO Academy with aspirations of a competitive career you could not do better than look to these two as a benchmark on how to conduct yourself as a fighter.
I would like to offer both my personal thanks for all they have done.