Two amateur kickboxers from Suggy’s Gym were among the 26 ‘golden gladiators’ walking out into the ring at Blackpool‘s Layton Institute last weekend.
On Saturday 7 August, 33-year old Lawrence White and 26-year old Matt Lupton both featured on the card of Golden Gladiators III, a show described by promoter William Goldie-Galloway as bringing the capacity crowd present some of the best fights he had ever seen.
First up for Newark was Lawrence, fighting Tomas Milik. Despite being considerably smaller than his opponent in both height and weight, he followed instructions well, fighting with tenacity and aggression throughout the three rounds.
Although Tomas tried to make things difficult, Lawrence had too much for him, continued listening to his corner team and after the final bell he was declared the winner by a unanimous decision.
Back in the corner for the third fight of the second half of the show, Dean and Bailey Sugden both knew they would be up against it in this one, with Matt’s opponent Owen Walton coming from the home club, Pure Impact.
After establishing that throwing an opponent in K1 was not allowed, Dean was a little disappointed to see that Owen was not penalised for constant clinching and throwing.
But in fairness to the Newark fighter, in both the second and third rounds he had sussed Owen out and was achieving a good deal of success, including several head kicks which wobbled his opponent.
“Unfortunately the decision didn’t go our way in this one but there’s no doubt Matt learned a great deal through tonight’s fight experience,” commented Dean.
“I’ve no doubt that both he and Lawrence could go on to enjoy successful careers as kickboxers – they have lots of potential and I hope they stick at it to achieve just that, for themselves and for Suggy’s Gym.”