Monday, 21 May 2007

Pain and Glory

For those of you that couldn't be arsed to go and see Craig in the biggest British event of the year, here's how it went down. Mahy 'Hardhand' Cruz lived up to his name, catching Craig cold with some big, big shots. Just when it looked like it might go completely South, Craig switched into Terminator mode and dished out a classic beating for the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Just when I thought it impossible for Craig to exceed his previous efforts, he goes and puts in this performance. 'Quit' is not in the mans vocabulary, I don't think he would even know how if he wanted to. Amazing, inspirational stuff.
Unfortunately the early digs from Cruz took their toll, and the Doctor refused to let Craig go through to the semi-final. Obviously disappointing, but hardly a disaster, as Craig remains on a long run of victories and can only have got more people excited about seeing him fight next time.
Being there, with the whole arena filled with chants of 'Jose!, Jose!, Jose!' for the duration of the fight, was another priceless experience that was such an honour to be part of. If your voice was not among them then hang your head in shame, because Craig is the one thats always there when anyone of us fights.

Saturday, 19 May 2007


Keon fought his heart out in his Semi-Pro debut, that wound up being an absolute war against a much improved Afsul Miah of Fighting Fit. Keon shot countless takedowns, and when the fight did make it to the floor his ground skills dominated, but thanks to slack ropes and unfavourable reffing he was never really able to use his jiu-jitsu. Several of his shots speared Afsul through the ropes, or were restarted on the feet as the sprawl sent them under the bottom rope. The fight went the distance and was declared a draw. Keon showed loads of skill, tenacity and heart; that one hard fought draw is a result to be proud of, worth way more than ten easy wins.
You really proved yourself, I'm really proud of you young man.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Big Weekend - Sunday

In the Year of Darkness, 2007, the Sor Thanikul gym devised the ultimate plan. They would reshape the Future by busting some heads. The plan required something that felt no pity. No pain. No fear. Something unstoppable. They created 'THE JOSENATOR'

Sunday is the big one - the K1 8 man. Craigs first opponent is Spaniard Mahy Cruz - Hasta la vista, baby!

Big weekend - Friday

First up on Friday we got Special K, the Iranian sensation, Mr. Loverman - it's Keon!
He's fighting against Fighting Fit gym's Afsul Miah on the inaugural edition of Fightzone in Jarrow. Gan on Shabanzadeh!

Friday, 4 May 2007

Take notes people

Who'd you rather see? Shaolin or James Thompson? I fucking despair.