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Siam Warriors Gym presents
Muay Thai Super Fights Neptune Stadium
At 4.30pm on October 6th, 2012, CMAP arrived at
Neptune stadium for the 3rd annual Muay Thai
Super fights. Martin Horgan, event organiser,
greeted us and in answer to our question, told us
that yes everything and everyone was ready for
the night ahead. We asked if there was any match
he was particularly looking forward to on this
massive fight card. Diplomatically he answered
that with so many great fights to choose from it
would be too hard to pick just one. The
atmosphere was already testament to the great
night ahead; Martin could feel the excitement
already building, fighters would be expected to
really excel themselves with many styles
competing against each other, so great matches assured. We wished him luck with what was
set to be a great night.
Next we spoke to Seamus Cogan from Spartan Muay Thai, Ballincollig, whose fighter Dominic
Kelly was on the card to make his debut with the first fight of the night. We asked Seamus what
he believed was the match to look out that evening. He answered, without a doubt, Aaron O
Callaghan from Siam warriors vs. Andy Houston from Bad Company, England, as they would be
fighting for the intercontinental title.
6pm and the doors opened to the public, now the anticipation was palpable, we had a quick
chat to David one of the main sponsor, Red FM's red patrollers. He was looking forward to the
night and made it clear that Red FM was delighted to be a sponsor for this great Cork based
event. Soon it was time for the first match of the night to begin.
Match 1-The first fight on the undercard-Dominic Kelly, Spartan Thai,
Ballincollig vs. Kevin Murphy, Dundalk Thai. Two young fighters
stepped into the ring in front of a packed stadium. From the outset
both fighters worked hard. Dominic knocked his opponent with strong
shots twice in the first round; both times the referee gave a standing
8 count. The referee stopped the match in the second round. Winner
by TKO Dominic Kelly.
Match 2-Ian O Mahony, Cobra vs. Christopher Whittle, Manchester.
The exchange of shots within the opening seconds put Ian in the
lead with a right hook that dropped Christopher to the canvas. This
might have disheartened another fighter, but Christopher got up with
a smile, it was almost like he took it like a wake-up call, get ready for
action. The bell went; both fighters went to their corners. At the start
of the second round, both fighters were working to the best of their
ability, during their exchanges, Ian landed a head kick, and for the
next thirty seconds it looked as if the course of the match was changing in his favour.
Christopher under sustained pressure stepped up to the plate, and with focussed determination
took aim, and landed a leg kick that finished the match. Manchester is victorious.
Match 3- Mark O Mahony, Siam warriors vs. Damian Dolan, Fermoy.
This was an all Cork affair, the two Cork men started slow, kick for
kick, punch for punch, no-one wanted to make a mistake both
fighters were even on the score cards going into the second round.
The Fermoy man came out like a Cork hurler going for all Ireland
gold in Croke Park, only to be dropped with an overhand right by his
fellow Cork man. That was the only knock down of the fight; they
continued on working toe to toe, this match went to the judges in the
end, with all three judges giving the nod to the Siam warrior.
Match 4-Killian Bushe, Siam warriors vs. Shane McConkey, Dublin
Thai. This Cork vs. Dublin match was highly competitive, Killian sent
his Dublin opponent to the canvass with a hard body shot, seconds
later Shane returned the favour knocking Killian to the ground.
Round one even, the second round started with both men working
from the clinch. Knee for knee they went, with the Cork man landing
the best shot, with a knee to the head. It was evenly matched going
into the third round, but perhaps during the break, Coach Martin
Horgan gave some inspirational words to his fighter, for at the start of the third round the Cork
man landed three unanswered body kicks and a flying knee. In the end the fight went to the
judges, but all in the crowd knew the result, another win for cork.
Match 5- Conor O Keefe, Siam warriors vs. Romano Duin, Team
Simpson, Holland. A bruising affair to say the least, the first round
gave us a top class show of boxing skill from both fighters. In round
two, as if both men had heard me call them boxers, they came out
kicking-low kicks, body kicks, head kicks, from the left leg, from the
right leg. Both were displaying great feats of strength and flexibility,
but it looked like the edge went to the Cork man. The third round
sent the victory very firmly in the same direction, Cork.
Match 6- Wayne Sheehan, Siam warriors vs. Marcus McCallig,
Warriors, Dublin. Another Cork vs. Dublin match and from the start
the taller Cork man rook charge, the Dublin Warrior just ran out of
ideas, because of the reach advantage of the Cork man. Match 6
was four in a row for Cork, and this brought us triumphantly to the
end of the undercard.
Match 7 marked the opening of the full Thai rules, and to the
introduction of the delightful ring girls; Kelly and Jessica Buckley,
these lovely sisters would display round numbers for the now five
Johnny Sheehan, Siam Warriors vs. Eamon Hennesy, Muay Thai
Eire Siam, Limerick. From the start Cork man, Sheehan, totally
controlled the first round, by the second round the Limerick man
began to look like he didn't get the memo, this Cork man was here
for a fight, we had to wonder if the Limerick man had believed he was here for a training
session. At the start of the third round the Cork man came out to finish the match, and he did so
with a spinning back elbow, followed by a flying knee. It seemed like the Cork man was
throwing everything he had at his Limerick opponent, including the kitchen sink, he was here to
win. The referee stepped in to save the Limerick man from annihilation, no surprise that Johnny
Sheehan gained another win for Cork.
Match 8-Shane O Niell, Cork Thai vs. Solomon Wickstead, Manchester. In this full Thai rules match the crowd went mad as the
Cork man entered the ring. Undaunted by the home crowd support the Englishman held his nerve, and both men had a steady first
round fight with an even finish. The second round was a clinch match, a good exchange of technique and blows, but no winner so
far. Visiting fighter Solomon does seem to look the better so far, but it is too close to call. The third round of flash techniques
included the English fighter landing some head kicks, but missing too high with others. Not to be outdone the Cork man was
throwing spinning back elbows, but again lots of flash moves with not a lot of landing on the mark. Round four was the Cork man
all the way, he seemed to pick off his opponent at will, but by the fifth round it seemed that the visiting fighter had done enough
over the five rounds, and was now playing for time to go to the judges. Close call, win to UK.
Just before the next fight got under way, the guest of honour entered the arena; WBO, world boxing champion, Mr. Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan, who recently
secured his second world title.
Match 9- Irish Light Weight Title- Seán Clancy, Siam warriors vs. Mike Poszowski, Wild geese, Dublin. Cork came out strong to
control the first round scoring two knock downs, but the referee didn't think much of them, beckoning the fighter back to his feet to
continue the match. In the second round both fighters stepped up a gear, the Cork man again knocking his opponent, but this time
the Dublin fighter got his own back with a great left hand foot catch, followed with an overhead right, as he slammed the cork man
to the ground. The third round had it all, both fighters went for it blood sweat, and maybe not tears, but coach Martin Horgan
jumping the top rope like a scene from a rocky movie might have brought a lump to the throat of the more sensitive spectator, if he
wasn't thrown back out of the ring by the referee who was still counting out. The cork man had landed the match winning shot.
Match 10-Super prestige bout; Anthony Kane, Team Simpson, Holland
vs. Craig Jose, Newcastle. Jose took the title.
Match 11-Eoin Mac, Siam Warriors vs. Phillip O Rourke, Dundalk Thai Boxing. This was the Cork man's fight all the way, the
visiting fighter looked out of shape, but kept in the match for the first two rounds. At the beginning of round three, the Cork man
seemed to decide he was not going to the judges, as he really seemed to increase his level. As the Dundalk man came back to the
ring from a referee's standing 8 count, the Cork man let go a volley of punches, only to register a moment later that there was no
response and immediately he realise that his opponent was in fact intending to touch gloves. In a great show of sportsmanship, the
cork man stopped took a step back from his opponent and apologised, though he was perfectly entitled to continue and the
Dundalk man had been slow to make his intentions clear, they touched gloves and continued. This did not change the outcome as
only seconds later the ref stepped in to stop the match. Another Cork win.
Match 12-Irish Middle Weight Title; Dave O Brien, Siam Warriors vs. Karl McCallig, Warriors, Dublin. Was this the next instalment
of Cork v Dublin grudge matches? I don't know if there was bad blood between these fighters, but the fight started before the bell
and I couldn't believe we made it to the second bell. Both men went for a first round knock out; this was the most intense start of a
match we had witnessed. After the break the second round continued at the same level, however this time the Cork man looked
like he had given his all in the first round, but he was still standing, until his younger opponent stepped up a gear, and the ref
stepped in one minute into the round. A very hard fought victory for Dublin.
Match 13-Elaine McElliot, Middleton Thai vs. Sheila McCormac, Muay Eire Siam, Limerick. Both fighters displayed an extremely
high level of ability, with Sheila coming out the stronger in the opening exchanges, and Ellen holding her own towards the second
half. Overall, an even first round between the two fighters. The hard work and determination of the Middleton woman shone
through with a second round TKO from a big right hand.
As an addition to the programme we
were entertained by the 'Republic of
Telly' stars Damo and Ivor. Not only
managing to sing the crowd to a
standing ovation with their comedy
genius, but displaying serious sham
dance moves and more jewellery than
Keane's display. 'Brilliant craic,' is the
unanimous review from the entire
audience, no I didn't take a vote I just
did a quick consensus. This very entertaining interlude was followed by the
official welcome of the event's special guest, Gary 'Spike' O Sullivan, to the
arena by Martin Horgan the event organiser.
Match 14- Super Prestige Bout; Liam 'The Hitman' Harrison, England vs. Angelo 'The Devilman' Campoli ,Italy. Round one was
The Hitman all the way from the first kick to the last kick, someone had ordered a hit on the devil and he was going down. The
Italian's left knee starts to swell, as low kick after low kick lands on the exact same spot of his left thigh. There was no surrender
from this devil angel, he was fighting on one leg, it was clear that the other leg was no longer working, as he continued to fight
hopping on one leg. The referee eventually had to step in and stop the fight. A win for England, and a few new fans of the devil.
Match 15-Barry O Connor, Sparten, Ballincollig vs. Dagen Vickers, Warriors, Dublin. Round one was a very even match with good
punches from both sides. A nicely timed sweep kick from the Cork man was the only mark of distinction in the first round. The
second round went to the Cork man, but went to Dublin in the esteem of the crowd for his assortment of spinning high kicks. Match
wise however, the spectacular kicks did not land, and the third round went the distance, but was a Cork victory all the way,
Match 16-Steve O Mahony, Siam Warriors vs. Mike Egan, Mike Fury Gym. Round one would not be noted for technical prowess,
but rather for the sheer heart and determination of the fighters. They threw tactics out of the match and replaced it with big swings
for the win. Round two was full of the same wild energy, with both fighters really chasing that outright triumph. Round three came
and no surprise, both fighters looked like they had given everything for their respective gyms, it went to the judges, with a slim
margin taking it for the Siam warriors of Cork.
Match 17-Paddy Douglas, Dublin Thai vs. Dale Hughes, Frank's Gym, Manchester. The Cork crowd showed great support for the
Dublin fighter, for that night he was an honorary Cork man. It was certainly a tough fight, but that extra support from the crowd
helped Paddy cross the line to victory.
Match 18-Intercontinental Title; Aaron O Callaghan, Siam warriors (nephew of Martin Horgan) vs. Andy Houston, Bad Company,
England. We had already been told to look out for this match as a 'one to watch.' Would it live up to the promise? Round one Aaron
landed the first shot, a front kick from the back leg straight to the body. All in all it proved an even round, both fighters perhaps
checking each other's abilities. Round two, both fighters were ready to do battle, Aaron once again lands the first shot, the same
kick, opposite leg, straight to the body. With neither fighter giving anything away, it was a tough round for both. Bring on the third!
The beginning of the third started with the same opening shot landed by Aaron, it continued with big shots landed by each fighter,
both showing that their training and conditioning was certainly up to par. Round four begins and Aaron throws the first kick to the
head section, as if feeling his opponent would be expecting the body shot. Andy went to cover the head shot and Aaron quickly
moved in for his almost now expected body kick. This round the English man upped his game to take the win in a low kick battle,
with Aaron responding in kind to take dominance in the body kicks, punches, and elbows category. The fifth round started, and Aaron landed his almost now
infamous first kick to the body of his opponent. Both fighters know that the entire match now hinges on this last round, the crowd are on their feet as both
fighters lay everything on the line, there is no holding back, no next round, it's going to be last man standing. Both these fighters know that one shot could win
the title. To the disappointment of the crowd the bell sounds! Round over, match over, but who has won? I don't know, the crowd doesn't know. The coaches
don't know. Each of the 3 judges know their own score, but they also do not know the outcome of the match. The ring announcer tells us we have one judge
victory for red, one judge victory for blue. It really is down to the wire, these fighters gave us everything they had, and the excitement of such a close call is
immense; the result is winner by split decision one point in the difference, RED corner. A Cork win for the intercontinental title, the crowd are thunderous in
their applause there are suddenly more people in the ring than can be counted. And not such bad company at all if you ask me, well done Andy. What a
match! Aaron O Callaghan has done the Siam warrior's proud. How do you follow that?
The Final Fight of the night-Irish Welter Weight Title; Darren Cashman, Siam Warriors vs. Robert Ng, Muay Eire Siam, Limerick.
First round an even fight from both sides, with two very distinct personalities on show in the ring. From the observers point of view
a focussed and determined ready for business Cork man vs. an exceptionally talented, but wrapped up in a less composed
persona. Robert seemed to be the joker in the ring, but he had met his very serious match. Into the second round, and from the
two or three kicks we have seen so far the Limerick man looks to be the better kicker. Realising this, the Cork man is staying
inside, closing the distance and so covering the kicks intelligently. Round three and there is an even exchange of techniques with
both sides finding themselves on the canvas s a number of times. The referee warns the Limerick man for illegal tripping. His
rugby tackle style wasn't quite in keeping with the Muay Thai required. The south paw Cork man stepped in with a left cross that
rocked the Limerick man, rocked him and knocked him in one fell swoop. It had been an even match to this point, but this strong point separated them. At the
beginning of the fourth round in an amazing one for one volley, the Limerick man split his Cork opponent just above the eye with an elbow strike, and with
the very next shot the Cork fighter split the Limerick fighter's eye with a kick to the head. With both fighters very much bloodied and bruised the Limerick man
resorted to his illegal tackle once again, and very much against the clear instructions of the referee, who now stopped the match and minuses a point from all
three judges. In reflection of the match this may have cost the Limerick man the victory, the last round had arrived, no messing from the Limerick man now,
both men toe to toe and the crowd on their feet once again, what might have been an anticlimactic event following the tense excitement of the previous
match was proving to be just as memorable. To the delight of the home crowd the Irish title went to Cork. What an excellent way to finish this incredible Cork
Martin Horgan's response to our question at the end of the night is the quote that sums it all up nicely so we'll leave it here 'A fantastic night! The full capacity
crowd, great matches from start to finish, lots of heavy hits, and all of my guys did very well. '
Paul Manning ITF World Championships Ottawa
Siam Warriors Gym - Super Fightnight 06.10.2012