Gravesend kickboxers in top form

James Gridley and Hayley Ward

James Gridley and Hayley Ward

First published in Sport

FIGHTERS from Star Kickboxing Club in Gravesend have been keeping busy.

On November 18 Rafe Daniels fought at the UKBC boxing show at Maidstone, where he took on Ronnie Ward for the UKBC middleweight English title.

In what was a good tough battle for both fighters, Daniels used his power to overcome Ward by throwing big shots to the head and body.

The fight went the full five rounds and Daniels got the decision at the end.

Seven days later a trio of Star fighters fought took part in Kombat Zone at Casino Rooms in Rochester.

First up was 16-year-old Hayley Ward, who was very composed fighting a 21-year-old from Birmingham.

She did very well for her full contact debut and used her range very well against the shorter opponent to win a unanimous decision.

Tina Harvey competed in her second full contact fight.

She was paired with a heavier and more experienced opponent.

The fight was a war with both girls trading shots every round as Harvey lost a very close split decision.

British champion James Gridley took on the French national champion for the IKF European middleweight title.

After only a few seconds the Frenchman rushed Gridley, only to get caught with a big hook which sent him into the ropes which he never seemed to recover from.

Then came another stylistic finish from the Gravesend fighter when he caught the Frenchman with a spinning heel kick to knock him out and win the belt and the title of IKF European middleweight champion.

For more information on Star Kickboxing Club, call Paul on 07921 779852 or Leigh on 07970 688007.

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