Kickboxing: Hamilton hungry for boxing glory
Published 10/10/2007 | 11:43
As fight venues go the Park Avenue Hotel is better known for its high kicking showstopping kickboxing action.
However, this weekend will see a different sort of fight action as the Park plays host to its first professional boxing event since the early sixties.
Kickboxing king Gary Hamilton is planning to show he has control of all aspects of the fight game as he crosses to conventional boxing for a title fight.
The Belfast hero has been granted a licence to challenge for the Northern Ireland professional title and will face the experienced journeyman Jamesy Gorman, who fights out of Alan Wilton's Gym on Saturday.
It's a huge fight for the 26-year-old - who fights out of Billy Murray's ProKick Gym.
Hamilton had been due to travel to Russia to defend his world kickboxing crown.
The kickboxing governing body the WKN are understood to be furious at the news, but Murray said Hamilton had no choice.
"Gary is a longstanding and worthy kickboxing champion," he said.
"But he's made no secret of his desire to fight in boxing and this challenge came up at the 11th hour.
"We felt Gary had the skills in his box to take it and as he was already training for a world title defence, fitness was not an issue.
"I've spoken to the WKN chief Stephane Cabrera and explained our reasons. He's not happy, but he understands. We've taken a financial hit to make this happen, but we think it's worth it.
"We want to show just what sort of talent Gary is.
" It'll be a tough fight, but Gary's ready."
For further information or tickets contact Jane Wilton at Belfast Promotions on 077 9383 8494 or log onto www.prokick.com.