March 17 . BELFAST . NORTHERN IRELAND
WKN International promoter : Mr Billy MURRAY
WKN International supervisor : Mrs Adele ROBINSON
The Belfast Boy Gary HAMILTON is Back !
St Patrick’s Day Bash
Fight card :
International Team event
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland
K1 Style kickboxing Weight 65kg
Mark Bird Vs Diego Diserens (Switzerland)
Full Contact kickboxing Catchweight Bout
Darren McMullen 78kg Vs Jermey Jossi 80kg (Switzerland)
K1 Style kickboxing Weight 60kg
David Bird Vs Mattio Lo Valvo (Switzerland)
North V South
Low Kick kickboxing Weight 73kg
Johnny Smith Vs Joe Harte (Waterford – Billy O’Sullivan)
Full Contact Kickboxing 75kg
Wayne McCormick Vs Sean O’Neill (Waterford – Billy O’Sullivan)
Full Contact Kickboxing 66kg
Davy Foster Vs Dave Mannion (Galway – Ken Horan)
Full-Contact or Low-kick Weight
Gary Jess Vs Paudy O’Conner (Galway – Ken Horan)
Belfast V London
Full-Contact or Low-kick Weight 68kg
Stuart Jess Vs tba / Marty Cox Gym TBA
Full Contact kickboxing 76kg
Ken Horan Vs tba / Marty Cox Gym TBA
report by Billy MURRAY :
Former world featherweight champion Gary Hamilton is preparing to fight Father Time in a bid to leave the stage with a world title belt around his waist once more. Hamilton, who lost his WKN world title in May last year to Swiss-based Rwandan Patrick Kinigamazi following a sapping 12-round slugfest in Geneva, will return to the ring on St Patrick’s Day at Belfast’s Holiday Inn.
Hamilton will be one of the main attractions on a 12-fight card on March 17 and plans to make sure he doesn’t need the luck of the Irish on his latest career mission.
Chef Hamilton, who packed out the Ulster Hall on numerous occasions during a world title reign that started in 2002, will turn 31 in May – and accepts this may be his last chance to make a second impression on the title scene.
He said: I lost that fight with Kinigamazi and although I was fighting the weight and had trouble with it beforehand, I believe I won it. The decision didn’t go my way but the outcome did give me an almighty kick up the backside.
“I have had enough time to think about it and to consider what I want from the sport before my body tells me it has had enough.
“I am going to go out as a world champion – that’s the aim and I am confident I can return to the top.”
Hamilton will now compete as a lightweight and light-welterweight – glad to see his featherweight days behind him.
He added: “I was killing myself making the weight and probably should not have taken the fight against Kinigamazi – but you live and learn.
“I’ve had my wake-up call and now I am focussed on bringing home another title. I would love to challenge Kinigamazi again. He knows deep down I beat him and I know that was a bad night at the office for me. I had no energy and my focus was on other things going on in my life.
“My fitness is back and I am feeling close to fight sharpness. I used to struggle to get out of bed for a 6am run and now I am bouncing out of bed at 5am. I am constantly thinking of that defeat and putting things right again. I would fight Kinigamazi tomorrow, I am that determined.”
Hamilton is thankful his career-long coach Billy Murray, the former four-time world champion, is hoping to secure him a bout next month against a yet to be named opponent.
He said: “This is my opportunity to show people – most of all my coach – the old Gary Hamilton is back. I will go out to make an impression and by the end of the year I intend to have made a big impression with a title shot.”
Also on the St Patrick’s Day Bash show is young contender Mark Bird, one of the toughest and most stylish kickboxers to emerge from Murray’s Prokick Gym.
Bird will compete in an K1-style International Team event, against Diego Diserens of Switzerland.