TKO has yet another Champion to add to our roster of title holders after Kelly Copeland took the IKF British Lightweight title on Sunday at the latest KOMBAT ZONE event held at Lordswood Leisure Centre.
Facing the experienced Jodie Whittaker Kelly’s performance was punch and kick perfect. With 30 seconds remaining of the fourth round her corner threw in the towel to save her from further punishment giving the title to Kelly. It was the best display of her career so far and comes less than 18 months from when she had her first fight. In that time she has been to Ireland and won there, been to America and won there and now sits with the British title belt around her waist. Alongside her training on the fight team Kelly is also a part of the teaching staff at the Medway Academy and was back there teaching the next day.
It was not all good news for the TKO team as George Hennon lost his unbeaten record in a challenge for the British Junior Featherweight title. Having beaten opponent Steven Raybould as recently as March he was favoured to win the rematch however this time it was Steven’s turn to take the win. This was well earned as Steven fought a great fight, however George will come again that’s for sure. He’s had an incredible busy year and will now take well earnt rest after 9 fights in 7 months
George’s brother Harry made a successful ring debut scoring a point’s win over a very tough Ian Moore from Ireland. Moore pushed hard all the way through but the greater movement and timing was always with Harry and the judges decision for him was never in doubt.
Bradley Fothergill and Tom Everard completed the wins for the TKO gym, both like Harry making their ring debuts and both winning clearly. Bradley against Dave Pickard from Gateshead whilst Tom dominated Danny Grant from Basildon.
The TKO team are next in action in just 2 weeks time when Patric Halforty takes part in a contest at the Excel centre in London which hosts Europe’s biggest Martial Arts event SENI and Patric will be participating in a special showcase contest on the day.
Thanks go to all members of the TKO Academy who came to support the team, it was much appreciated.