After an abesence of twenty years a top level kickboxing tournament finally returned to Tipperary town.
In the Marion Hall over 300 people attended a spectacular evenings enternament organised by twice Irish champion and coach of Tipperary kick boxing club Craig Sutton.
Thirty fighters travelled from the four corners of Ireland looking for a victory.In a fully sanctioned event each fighter had to undergo a weigh in and a strict medical before being allowed to enter the ring.
Four Tipperary fighters were representing the towns club and first into the ring was Scott Carey aged nine who had a great battle over two rounds with Waterfords Bradley Kirwan,the three ringside judges deciding this was too close to call declared the result a draw.
Next up was ten year old Kian Farrell to face Carricks Ryan Walsh,again this highly skilled fight was declared a draw.Eight year old Alicia Chambers stepped into the ring hoping to extend her unbeaten record to eight wins.Her eleven year opponent Leah Loughman from Portlaoise had other ideas,in a trilling encounter Alicia roared on by the crowd and drawing on her experience fought her way to victory.
Ten more fights followed and ten winners were declared and as each fight ended the tension in the crowd grew for they knew the main event approached.At ten thirty Tipperary’s own Sean Eggy Egan stepped into the ring to face Portlaoise hero Shane Marum for the Irish full contact lightweight title belt. This contest was scheduled for five by two minute rounds.From the opening bell both fighters gave it their all. Sean took the fight to his opponent who scored well with counter attacks. Shane won the first two rounds with Sean taking the next two, as the bell rang for the fifth and final round the young man from Tipperary who had trained seven days a week for four months in preparation for this fight dug deep and stepped it up even another gear. His heart,skill and fitness started to wear down his opponent ,at the final bell the crowd rose to applaud these two modern day gladiators who had given their all, the tension could have been cut with a knife as the M.C gathered the judges score cards and the roof was nearly lifted of the hall when Sean Egan was declared the winner and Irish light weight champion.
Tipperary kickboxing club would like to thank all who supported this event and especially our sponsors for the night.