This report is taken straight from our TKO Facebook page
OK, time now for a few thoughts and comments on last night’s event. It was an event I’m really pleased with and as we have had a more than a few over the last 20 years it’s nice to say that. Crowd was packed and each of the clubs supporters brought the noise, great atmosphere. Big thanks to the staff and management of the Casino Rooms for all their help and support.
I am as I said last very pleased with the performance of the TKO team. There is no secret to their success, they work VERY HARD so they deserve the results they get and I guess it explains why I get a touch emotional sometimes when people don’t support them and have the occasional rant lol..but they were great and I could not be more pleased and 6 wins out of 7 says we are not ready to lose our position as the top club in the area.
Kelly Copeland kept her British title and appropriately she had to show the heart of a champion to do it as Toni Phillips came to win and in the first half of the fight made life really hard for Kelly, but she came back so well in the second half to take the win. Kelly sets the highest example for all members of our team, don’t think I ever have to once tell her to get training, she just gets on with it. Nice to see so many of the people in Kelly’s class from TKO Medway there to support her..guess they will be too scared not to now lol
We gained another Champion when Patric Halforty won the IKF British Cruiserweight title in a totally dominating performance stopping Murray Dadswell in 3 rounds. I should say at this point how good Murray is, I’ve seen him over the years and he’s a talented fighter, but Pat was the best form of his career so an excellent win.
Harry the Hitman Hennon won again and yes it was tough but the win was never in doubt. The opponent came in heavy and I had to decide whether to take it or not, not an easy decision as the welfare of the fighters is in my hands but I believe in Harry and so we took it and Harry showed everything I know about him, he’s technically very good, moves well but most importantly has the heart of a true fighter. Great win
Neil Ayton made a comeback to the ring in a fantastic White Collar Bout with Edward Smith. Just shows you friends can have a fight as its no secret TKO have a close working relationship with Star KB but these two went at it full on. Very pleased for Neil who first trained with me back in the old days when we had classes running twice a week at the Strood Youth Centre. He gives everything to his training and he did it again after all these years. Lost 7 kilos in the 12 weeks prior to the fight and got himself in great shape. Well done to Eddie for the role he played in the fight.
Bradley Fothergill won again, 3rd win in a row. He’s so laid back he’s horizontal but he can fight! Wicked head kick in the first round put his opponent down and there was never any doubt after that, a clear points win
The little man of the team Jenson Rowley lost in a great fight with Jack Purdy, but it was very very close. Jacks had 3 times as many fights as Jenson so it was a tough match but he showed everything you need to see in a fighter and I’m very proud of the way he fought.
Last one was new boy Matt Pragnell who in his first fight won over a very tough Glen Smith. Matt’s been on the team just a short time but trained very hard, a little over anxious to please in his first fight which was understandable but he’s only going to get better. Great start!
Thanks to all the clubs involved really appreciated and of course to all our TKO members who came along to support
Next KOMBAT ZONE event is set for 25th November and its now a busy period for the TKO team as we now prepare for Ringmasters on 30th September.