The last KOMBAT ZONE event of the year entitled ‘Tribal Gathering’ was another great night and the TKO Kickboxing gym gained two new champions whilst a third made a successful defence of his Belt in front of the packed crowd at the Casino Rooms.
Tyler Oxford further underlined his claim to be the best junior fighter in his division with a successful defence of his British Junior title. Meeting Jordan Trainor from the north of England Tyler never looked like coming off second best. He slowly dismantled his challenger whose every effort was met with the strong counters of the champion who scored heavily with the trademark strong roundhouse kicks he’s become known for.
George Hennon was determined that his contest would not go the distance and going straight to work he scored a fantastic 1st round knockout win over his previously unbeaten opponent Jack Exley from Middlesbrough. It was a great and successful end to what has been a frustrating time for George waiting for his first title belt. Having previously lost in a challenge for a junior title, he came through to earn a title fight in his last contest in September only for that contest to end as a no contest after his opponent suffered a freak injury in the first round. Finally 3 months later and moving up to light-welterweight he now has the belt around his waist.
Chayden Carpenter completed what has been a fantastic year for him winning the British Junior Middleweight title with a clear points win over old rival Tommy Purdy from Ipswich. Their previous contests were all very close and hard fought however this time his win was never in doubt as he scored heavily with a full range of kicks throughout. Chayden’s relentless aggressive style has now earned him the nickname ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ and now he’s also a two time British Champion having taken the title in the division below back in February.
It was not all good news for the TKO team with their two other challenger for titles just falling short in their contests though they could be considered unlucky in both. Jenson Rowley came away with a draw in his title contest with Jack Purdy, the older brother of Tommy. It was a hard fought contest and at the end they split the judges with a draw given. Their may now be a rematch in February but with the boys having already met 4 times we would I think prefer fresh challenges for Jenson.
Matt Pragnell was in the fight of the night as he lost a split decision in a tough fight with Reece Chuter for the Southern Area Super-middleweight title. Reece trains with Star Kickboxing in Gravesend who are our close friends and the two have actually sparred together in the past, however there was certainly nothing ‘friendly’ about their fight as they went to war over the full five rounds duration. After five rounds which had been action filled and had also produced an atmosphere that most will not forget the judges scored two to one in favour of the Gravesend man. A rematch would be appreciated by everyone who watched this contest and with the two camps working closely together as they do it should be one that’s easily made.
Well done to Ben Ryder who took part in his first White Collar Boxing bout. He close the decision but did us all proud with his performance hanging in there against a more experienced fighter. Also Jay Huntley gained a great draw in his rematch with Callum McGregor from Scotland. The two met in August with Callum taking the win, however Jay had learnt from that and with an improved performance took a draw here. These two will no doubt meet again.
Thanks go to everyone who came along and cheered on the TKO Team and to Flare Photography for the great pictures.