The muaythai morning workout session has become an institution at the SportAccord Convention with this year’s installment aptly called Good Morning Belek. From Dubai, to London, to Quebec, St.Petersburg and now Belek, the morning workout is growing in popularity year by year. Read More
IFMA’s presence at this year’s SportAccord Convention proved to be the most successful yet. This year’s edition of the SportAccord Convention was one of the most important to date, as it was held in London just one year before the 2012 London Olympic Games. So that’s why the IFMA international office worked tirelessly to ensure that the bar was raised yet again this year, to create and design the biggest and most attractive booth since IFMA’s first entry into SportAccord in 2006.
This was most definitely achieved, as the IFMA booth made a striking impact and received much popularity and interest from all delegates.
England’s K2 Leisure Centre Crawley was filled to bursting point for the biggest show Crawley has ever has seen.
The event, sponsored by Singha, was amazing, with 18 professional Muaythai bouts, sanctioned by the UKMF, WMC and IFMA, and an atmosphere which can only be described as electric with pumping non-stop entertainment, while fighters from England, Scotland and France battled it out.
The undercard had some fantastic fights which shows the ever growing talent in England.
The first main under card fight saw Triple English Champion Danny “The Hitman” Taylor fighting Davy Macintosh of Scotland for the UKMF British Title.
This fight will be remembered for a long time, as both boys showed world class Muaythai, displaying the whole Muaythai arsenal. Both boys went to work from the opening bell and in round 3 Macintosh received a cut, causing the doctor to stop the fight, and The Hitman to win the English Title.
Dave Fenson from Woking took on the more experienced Martin Smith from Cobra gym, London for another English UKMF Title. Fensom fought the fight of his life, boxing very cleverly and picking his shots well to become UKMF English Champion on points.
Aaron Winters from Keddles gym took on the unbeaten Chris Polley from Scotland, this was very exciting fight with both fighters exchanging strong kicks, knees and elbows. Chris Polley used his experience and expertise to stay one step ahead of Winter in a very close fight, the final winner Chris Polley from SMTC Scotland.
The main fight of the evening allowed the audience to witness English Champion Da Silva taking on the very tough French Champ Sebastien Ocana. This was a good fight for 3 rounds with both boxers showing why they are the best in their countries. Da Silva didn’t look his usual self in the 4th and
5th rounds with Ocana coming forward with very strong kicks and body punches to win the fight.
Da Silva announced afterwards that he will rest for a while and will not compete, which is sad, but a field which rests will yield a good crop – so we are sure he will come back stronger.
The event will be televised on the WMC World network and congratulations must go to John Jarvis, the promoter, and the UKMF for yet another world class English event.