North Wales fighters make huge statement at top-class show in Barnsley

Team HAMMA NORTH WALES (PARADOX) were in sensational form at the Almighty Fighting Championship

The team at HAMMA NORTH WALES (PARADOX) made a huge statement at the Almighty Fighting Championship in Barnsley on Saturday.

The night was filled with high level amateur fights, title bouts and professional bouts.

Competing in front of an 800 sold-out crowd, Paradox fighters claimed five wins out of six bouts.

Sion Ap Dafydd kicked off the night with a sensational jab knock out in the very first round.

The win meant a lot for the team as it was Sion’s first victory, and set the tone for the night. Sion’s determination in training and perseverance paid off and he is now looking ahead to whatever is next for him. With strength of character and hard work he hopes to stay on the winning way.

George Marsh was next from Paradox, finishing his opponent in the first round via TKO after nearly finishing an arm bar submission just seconds before hand.

Happy with his win, George is now focusing on his next bout, a kickboxing fight on March 28 at Market Mayhem Caernarfon.

Former professional boxer and previous sparring partner of Ricky Hatton, Lee Quinn next took to the cage. The fight saw Quinn drop his opponent with a beautiful crisp uppercut in the opening round.

Unfortunately things did not go Lee’s way against a very slick grappler who submitted the Paradox fighter with an arm bar.

Quinn was left with an injured arm, a reminder of the severity and of the sacrifices fighters go through in the sport. Paradox wishes Quinny the best in his recovery.

Chris Smyth, who is also a coach at Paradox, put a clinical display on, out-wrestling his opponent for all three rounds. The fight was one-way traffic and a brilliant display by Chris, winning him the decision. Chris will also be looking to stay undefeated and keep good form onto his next bout in Market Mayhem.

Long-time member and coach of the gym Harry Kenworthy, like Chris, put on an excellent display of dominant wrestling, utterly manhandling his opponent the entire fight which made the decision easy for the judges who scored the fight in favour of Harry.

Representing Wales at the very prestigious IMMAF competition in Rome in the summer of 2020, he will be hoping to bring gold back to North Wales, while building up his portfolio as a fighter, all at the young age of 19.

Topping off the night, Kyle Jones took his record to 5-0 after an astonishing KO coming from a right hand in the second round of the fight. A serious contender with only 2 years of training under his belt, he will next be looking to fight for the belt!

HAMMA NORTH WALES won gym of the night after such a prevailing display. Each fighter from the gym was given a £100 cash bonus each.

It says a lot for the gym from Colwyn Bay to be beating teams from big cities and showing there is a reason we should be competing at these shows. The team defeated other gyms that are internationally recognised such as Gracie Barra and SBG (affiliated with Conor Mcgregor).

The fighters praise and give thanks to their coaches for the guidance and knowledge on the night of Almighty.

Head coaches Azi Thomas and Al Roberts have instructed these fighters for years, teaching them the ins and outs of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and jiu-jitsu and the fruits of their labours have definitely paid off after the show on Saturday.

The fighters are a by-product of these coaches and it shows the calibre of instructing they are receiving at Paradox when the gym is competing at such a high standard.

Ranging from children, complete novices to contender fighters, the coaches prove they can train anyone from all walks of life, and they are the go to people for anyone looking to take up training.

The fighters were more ecstatic seeing their team mate in victory and success than they were themselves. This summarises the ethos of Paradox.

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