The TKO team attended the Ringmasters event yesterday and it was a day of triumph mixed with some bad luck and it must be said some despair.
Jenson Rowley won the boys under 40 kilos group with two clear cut victories, including a win in the final over a very good fighter from the famous USKA gym in Birmingham
Bradley Fothergill turned in one of the best performances of the day taking first place in the under 55 kilos division, with his hardest fight being the final where he met team mate Bradley Wray. The two of them had a great fight and set a great example of sportsmanship.
Then there was bad luck for George Hennon who after a masterful performance in his first fight took a full power kick to the groin in his second fight leaving him with no choice but to retire from the competition. George was in great form and it’s a real shame…and finally we had despair as Tyler Oxford and Shannon Beaney fell victims to what most neutral judges there agreed were terrible judging decisions when they lost the finals in their divisions. Close contentious decisions are part of our sport, but these were it has to be said worse than most and it was a real shame that two fighters who had trained very hard for the event had their hopes dashed by sub-standard judging.
However those two things could not spoil a good day for the team and our supporters who were there in good numbers and we also had great performances by Chayden Carpenter (losing in the semi final) and Kay Sumner (who took 2nd place in her division).
There was a fantastic team spirit throughout the day and each member gave big support to the others, I would like to thank all of them for representing TKO in such a great manner