Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Murray helps Hamilton get back to big time

Gary Hamilton admits that coach and promoter Billy Murray is the one who has kept his world title dream alive, even when he thought it was time to leave kick-boxing.

The 33-year-old, who held the WKN's featherweight title for several years, faces WKN K1-styleworld champion Daniel Zahra at the Ulster Hall on December 14.

It's a golden opportunity for Hamilton, who admits that he once feared his fighting days were over.

Hamilton said: "This is it for me, the big one. I lost my way for a while, but over the past 12 months I have worked hard with the belief that this might happen again for me.

"There were times when I wanted to walk away from all the training and the commitment.

"It gets harder and harder as the years takes their toll, but I am working with the most inspirational coach in the sport and Billy Murray has made this happen again for me.

"I feel ready; wiser and more prepared for this opportunity and I intend to make the most of it."

Former World champion Murray hopes that not only will Hamilton sparkle at the Ulster Hall but also the aspiring kick-boxers on the undercard.

Murray said: "Christmas has come early for the sport of kick-boxing in Ireland. KICKmas has returned, and with it a world title shots for Gary Hamilton, Karl McBlain, Darren McMullan and Ursula Agnew.

"What more could any fight fan wish for this festive season? How about another four title fights –three of them European and a British title?

"Ulster Hall fight fans will also see a special fight attraction by MMA and kick-boxing star Yoaan Kongolo with Dublin's tough guy Aidan Brooks.

"We will have a fight card that will have fans anticipating another great night of action at the Ulster Hall.

"I remember all my fights at the Ulster Hall, especially my first professional title win in 1988 as if it was yesterday; I can still hear that crowd screaming and I know 2013 will be just the same."

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