“Belfast Boy” Gary Hamilton is back in the ring
Famed Gary Hamilton of Northern Ireland makes his return to the ring after five years of layoff. “Belfast Boy” headlines an upcoming “made-in Prokick” event billed as “Lord of the Ring”. Promoted by Billy Murray the fight show takes place at Stormont Hotel on October 26.
Battling in front of his home crowd Hamilton faces his old foe Douglas Morrison of Scotland.
"Belfast Boy" is Back !
— World Kickboxing Network (@WKNkickboxing) August 2, 2019
The pair first met in February 2001. The contest ended in the last round with Hamilton taking the win by TKO, after landing left hook to the body, which dropped Morrison. Although the latter beat the eight-count the referee waved the fight off in the final seconds.
As many as 18 years later the veteran-kickboxers square off for the second time. The non-title bout is scheduled for seven rounds in Full Contact at super welterweight (72.6 kg).
Over the course of his career Hamilton held WKN World Full Contact title in two different weight classes, featherweight and lightweight. He won the belts against the defending champion at that time Pastor Pascal in 2002 in France, and the challenger Paolo Renna in 2014 in Northern Ireland (respectively).
Douglas Morrison is former British, European and World Full-Contact star.
The co-main event at “Lord of the Ring” features the newly crowned WKN Intercontinental Welterweight champion Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland in defense of his title against Shuhei Sone of Japan.
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Johnny "Swift" Smith defends his WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title against Shuhei Sone
— World Kickboxing Network (@WKNkickboxing) July 26, 2019
The undercard will feature a series of bouts with local and international competitors.
“Lord of the Ring” celebrates 30 years when former four-division World Champion in Full Contact, Belfast’s Billy Murray lifted his first crown.
International Super Welterweight bout / Full Contact 7x2mn
Gary Hamilton (Northern Ireland) vs. Douglas Morrison (Scotland)
WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title / Oriental rules 5x3mn
Johnny Smith (Northern Ireland) vs. Shuhei Sone (Japan)