York stages martial arts Ring Series 2 show

Fighters ready for the Ring Series 2 start are, from left, Charlie Foster-Vigors,  Al Chambers, brothers John and Liam Brough, Liam Goodwin and Dan Chilton

Fighters ready for the Ring Series 2 start are, from left, Charlie Foster-Vigors, Al Chambers, brothers John and Liam Brough, Liam Goodwin and Dan Chilton

Published in Sport York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

KICKING kings will be battling to confirm their own domains when the United Masters promotions team stages its Ring Series 2 show tomorrow.

A dozen martial arts bouts from schoolboy to a ladies’ national showdown and on to k1 professional duels will unfold at the event to be held at York’s Energise centre in Acomb.

Five titles will be decided on the card. Doors open at 5pm before the programme gets under way an hour later.

Among the highlights will be Legions Thai-boxing Club duo Al Chambers and Liam Goodwin both vying for separate northern area belts.

Another Legions ace Liam Brough tops the bill in the men’s WRSA Northern Area ‘B’-class showdown against Manchester’s Billy Hatton, while Luke Burke, one of two York Martial Arts Academy fighters, will try to claim the men’s Am full contact kickboxing crown.

Said Tony Dias, who runs United Masters in partnership with Gaz Watkinson: “Nine out of the 12 bouts feature York fighters, so it shows the strength in depth mixed martial arts, kick-boxing and Thai-boxing now has in the city.”

One of the competitors, Martin Baulkalns from the United Masters Martial Arts Academy run by Dias and Watkinson in Layerthorpe, has just returned from the Watford Open with a gold medal alongside club-mate Lewis Smith.

Four silver medals and one bronze were also gained.

Tickets are still available for Ring Series 2 by phoning Dias on 07956 612667 or Watkinson on 07798 765259.

The full card:

1 junior light-contact kickboxing, catchweight, 3 x 1.5 minute rounds: Ammar Nazir (G-Mac Kickboxing, Halifax) v Sam Watkinson (United Masters Martial Arts, York).

2 Junior am K1 58kg – 3 x 1.5 mins: Josh Firth (Allegiance MMA, Batley) v Lee Beasley (Power House, Manchester).

3 Junior light contact kickboxing, 58/60kg 3 x 2 mins: Haden Lynch (G-Mac Kickboxing) v Charlie Foster-Vigors (York Martial Arts Academy).

4 Men’s K1 65kg 3 x 2 mins: Anthony Buttle (AVT, Doncaster) v Dave Brown (Power House, Manchester).

5 Men’s K1 77kg 3 x 2 mins: Kelvin Todd (Chikara Martial Arts, Scunthorpe) v John Brough (Legions, York).

6 Ring Series men’s am full contact kickboxing title, 70kg 3 x 2 mins: Conrad Goulding (Platinum Kickboxing, Burntwood) v Luke Burke (York Martial Arts Academy).

7 Men’s K1 66kg 3 x 2 mins: Callum Mason (Koncept Gym, Newquay) v Martin Baulkalns (United Masters Martial Arts, York).

8 Men’s K1 86kg 3 x 2 mins: Adrian Aleksander Pociecha (Independent Fighter, Barnsley) v Dan Chilton (Legions, York).

9 Men’s WRSA K1 middleweight Northern area title 70-72kg 5 x 2 mins: Marius Daublys (Koncept Gym, Newquay) v Liam Goodwin (Legions, York).

10 Men’s WRSA K1 pro super middleweight Northern area title 5 x 2 mins: Brian Jack Taylor (Spartans, Rochdale) v Al Chambers (Legions, York).

11 Ladies WRSA K1 English title 5 x 2 mins: Kate Jackson (Koncept Gym, Newquay) v Chloe Hinchcliffe (Leeds Cage, Leeds).

12 Men’s WRSA Northern area ‘B’-class Thai 5 x 2 mins: (Billy Hatton (Independent, Manchester) v Liam Brough (Legions, York).

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