Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Kickboxing: Gary's class shines through

GARY Hamilton's world-class credentials were reaffirmed ahead of his intercontinental title defence in October when he destroyed the North American champion at the weekend.

GARY Hamilton's world-class credentials were reaffirmed ahead of his intercontinental title defence in October when he destroyed the North American champion at the weekend.

It took Hamilton less than two minutes to dispose of Travis Coleman with a roundhouse kick to the head after the American had dropped his guard to stave off a punishing barrage of body kicks.

Coleman regained his feet after a nine count, but the referee took no time in deciding that the fighter was in no shape to continue against an overjoyed Hamilton.

Billy Murray said: "This is a fantastic result for Gary and he has really made his mark on America and there is no doubt that he'll be oozing with confidence for his title defence in the Ulster Hall on October 5."

While Hamilton was lapping up the applause of the Canadian crowd, however, Craigavon super-heavyweight James Gillen had less luck and was stopped in the second round.

Gillen had looked dominant against Raoul Doucet, landing several powerful roundhouse kicks on the Canadian before being caught with a right hook, resulting in a suspected broken nose which promped the ringside doctor to halt the fight.

But Murray was upbeat in defeat and said: "This was James' first fight abroad and he excelled himself. He will take a lot from it and will hopefully be fighting in the Irish championships."

Those take place on October 5 at the Ulster Hall where European champion Gary Noade will join Hamilton as the pair defend their titles.

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