TWO fighters from Paragon Black Belt Academy have won international sport kickboxing titles in their home town of Ilkeston.
Mark Waterhouse and John Parry topped the bill at locally promoted Sedition Fight League, and both were fighting highly-rated opponents from Sweden who attended at their own expense to fight for the sanctioned titles.
Parry faced Par Aving, a former European silver medallist in Karate who made the switch to kickboxing some years ago.
Parry got off to a great start landing a perfectly-timed axe kick to the head of his opponent as the fight got underway. He followed this with more fast kick and punch combinations.
It wasn’t all one sided, as Aving came back with some good kick and punch combinations of his own, but ultimately Parry settled down and took a unanimous decision.
Paragon head Instructor Jason Dorn said: “John was pure class. I told him today was his time to shine and fight the fight we had worked on and he did that for every round and there was no doubt who had won.”
Waterhouse was fighting for the heavyweight title and faced Magnus Rapp, a rated fighter and champion.
Waterhouse never allowed Rapp to settle into the fight, landing his own fast punch and kick combinations throughout. Another unanimous decision made Waterhouse the International Champion.
Jason Dorn added: “Again there was no mistaking the winner with Mark dominating. Our biggest concern was being accused of a home town decision, so we had to really stamp our authority on both these fights and it was obvious to all, including the Swedish opponents, that we had won both the fights.
“Both John and Mark had worked hard for this step up and it showed both during the fight and in how fresh they felt at the end.”
Also on the bill was Kirsty Murden in the ladies open weight title, sponsored by Genesis Barbers of Heanor, but despite a good start she was unable to overcome her opponent who took the title belt.
Paragon had five fighters on the undercard and achieved a 100 per cent success rate.
Dave Dawson fought a three round veterans match to continuous rules taking a unanimous decision, while Russ Bramley also had a continuous match which he too won with a unanimous decision.
The remainder all had points style matches over three rounds.
Darren Hill and Lauren Cox were both successful, while Jake Bagshaw’s bout went to sudden death before he was able to claim the win in style.
The titles on the event, which was attended by several clubs from around the UK, were sanctioned by the International Amateur Kickboxing Sports Association and All Styles Kickboxing Organisation.