After a day of looking after my son I was heading to the train station to make the journey to The Agincourt rock venue for the first time in years, but not for a night of partying and tomfoolery, but a night of Kickboxing and Boxing.
Like many smaller shows Fight Club 3 had a real mix of fighters and experience levels.
We had a three fighters going out, all making their K-1 debuts.
Clare Donnelly (TMAC) Vs Dipsy Gurang (Maximus gym)
The intrigue in this fight grew from the weigh in, the fight was agreed at 53kg and Dipsy came in at 56kg. Not a great start for Clare who weighed in at just 49kg.
Part of the issue we have had with matching Clare is finding opponents of the correct weight class and experience levels.
We walked out to the ring to a very vocal crowd who were in support of Dipsy. Clare took this in her stride like a pro, myself, Chase Morton and TMAC head coach Daniel Lucas lead by Clare stepped in to the ring and the fight was set.
After a brief introduction by Martial Arts legend (and was once my instructor once or twice a week when I was at school) Brian Dossett we walked back to our corners and waited for the first bell.
The bell rings and the size difference between the girl is apparent, Clare remains calm and sticks to the game plan, keeps moving and concentrates on making Dipsy miss, after a brief interaction Clare lands a solid lead leg side wich puts Dipsy on the canvass, she gets up and recovers very fast and lands a good right, Clare fires back with a flyby and a barrage of kicks and punches.
The fight continues in a similar pattern with Dipsy stalking and throwing heat, Clare remaining calm and capitalising on openings.
The girls fight hard for three rounds landing shots and working well getting the crowd worked up.
The bell rings for the end of round three and Clare bounces to her corner
Clare Donelly wins via unanimous decision
Paul Gaskell Vs Adam (Mercers)
Dale Marney (TMAC) Vs Jed Stanbridge
Dale has only ever had one fight, a boxing match recently on James Foxs maximum battle, Jed is a savage, a powerful man built like a gorilla and a chin to match.
Dale keeps his range and takes advantage of his reach advsantage keeping Jed at length and keeping him from landing his huge lefts and rights. Dale dominated the clinch keeping Jed guessing.
Jed lands some hellatious shots which score flush and keep DALE guessing.
After three solid rounds of fighting the judges score the bout a draw!