Author: Sam Ballantyne

Headlining Victory Promotion’s event on Saturday 22nd May is Scotland’s Nico Carrillo versus Ireland’s own Craig Coakley. Coakley comes into this fight the more seasoned and experienced fighter having fought the whose-who on the UK and Irish circuit. Meanwhile, Carrillo is coming off a dominate performance on UAM and fast stoppage on the last Victory held in December 2019. Both fighters are at interesting points in their career for different reasons. For Carrillo this fight represents a huge step up in the competition and standard he has faced thus far. For Coakley, this is a fight for redemption after a…

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Jack Cooper vs Alex MacGregor Preview On the 23rd May, Jack Cooper will face Scotsman Alex MacGregor for the UK 69.8KG number one spot. For Cooper this will be his next defence of the UK title since defeating Josh Hill back on Yokkao 47. As the challenger, MacGregor will be getting a long overdue shot at the number one spot having previously been denied one at the 72.5KG limit. To overcome Cooper, MacGregor will have to break his current four fight winning streak which includes capturing and defending the UK number one spot and the MTGP European title. MacGregor has…

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Headlining Victory Promotions card on Sunday 23rd May, Jack Kennedy will face off again Mo Abdurahman for five rounds under A class rules. Both fighters are highly ranked in their respective divisions and have a wealth of experience behind them. Kennedy will be looking to break Abdurahman’s winning streak which includes the likes of Craig Coakley and Ryan Braillon. Stiff arms and persistence Jack Kennedy is currently ranked at number two in the UK at welterweight (66.6KG) and has a record of 32-8-2. Amongst that record includes bouts against Craig Coakley, Nathan Bendon and Brian Totty. This name rich record…

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On the 11th December, Jonathan Haggerty will face Japanese Thai and kickboxer, Taiki Naito as the main event of ONE Championship Big Bang II. In this article we examine the key points in The General’s professional Muay Thai career which has led him to this bout. The early days The General’s early professional career can be defined by extreme aggression and a series of victories over experienced opponents which far exceeded the usual expectations of such a young career. Taking his first eight victories via stoppage the adolescent brought an electrifying mix of technical prowess and raw aggression to the…

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Classifications of countering The fundamental of a counter in any martial or striking sport is to use an opponents aggression against them. This can come in a broad range of possibilities from using the opening to land your own strike to improving your position in whatever arena you find yourself in. The underlying principle is the same however, utilise the aggressive nature of your opponent to your advantage. We can also classify counters into two slightly narrower groups. The simultaneous (or concurrent) counter and the delayed counter. The names are descriptive of when the counter action takes place, in case…

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Originally Liam Harrison was scheduled to face Frenchman Jeremy Payet for the main event of Yokkao 48. However, Payet has since been pulled from the fight due to injury whilst in training, Yokkao have since found a replacement in Spaniard Khyzer “The Destroyer” Hayat. Whilst less well known on the European circuit than Payet, Hayat prevents a very different challenge than the Frenchman More than just a low kick It is nearly impossible to talk about Liam Harrison without going into at least some detail regarding his low kick. This particular technique has become synonymous with Harrison’s fight style and…

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Whilst ONE Championship began life as an MMA promotion, for many the Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts have become the highlight of the organisation’s events. Not since the heyday of K1 have so many world champion kick and Thai boxers been settled under a single roof. Now Thai and kickboxing bouts have been established, ONE has begun to crown their own world champions. ONE’s first Muay Thai flyweight world champion was the legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao when the Thai knocked out Sergio Wielzen in 2018. However, a year later Sam-A lost the title in a heated battle to Jonathan Haggerty via…

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Featuring on the main card of Victory 5, Steve Irvine will take on Spain’s Javier Tebar in a 57Kg international bout. Coming off his last victory over Jay Counsel for the UKMF Celtic 55Kg Title, Irvine will be looking to round off this year with another win to his name. Tebar, whilst the away fighter in this bout, is no stranger to the situation having won the Chiang Mai Stadium title in Thailand last year. Cutting the angle Irvine is currently ranked at the number two in the UK at Junior Featherweight (55.4Kg). Last year he fought Callum McGowan on…

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Headlining VVICTORY 5, Liam McGrandles will looks to defend his recently acquired WBC Welterweight European title against ONE Championship veteran Andrew Miller. Originally scheduled to face Jack Kennedy, however injury forced his fellow Englishman to pull out of the bout. That being said, Miller is an excellent substitute with significant amount of experience facing world class opposition included the likes of Rodlek and Mohammed Bin Mahmoud. Whilst Miller will be looking to add the European title to his accolades, this will be an opportunity for McGrandles to show he belongs on the international stage. A win over Miller would likely…

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As announced by Victory Promotions yesterday, Nico Carrillo will be joining his team mate Stephen Irvine on the VICTORY 5 show in December. He will face tricky Spaniard Gorka Caro. Carrillo is coming off his latest win in Sweden against well touted Kenny Hong in what was a dominant performance. Currently training out of the Glasgow Thai Boxing Academy, Carrillo has a strong record of 15-3-1, including a TKO win over Shane Farquharson on his last showing for Victory. He will be looking to make it two against the fast paced Caro. Currently ranked as the UK #5 at 63.5KG…

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