CREGGAN kickboxer, Dee McGuinness became the latest world champion to roll off the Paddy Toland Gym production line last Saturday as he claimed the ISKA World Amateur light-welterweight title at The Clanree Hotel.
SIMON COLLINS reports
Following in the footsteps of his coach, Paddy Toland and stablemates, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley and Aidan ‘Lights-out’ Lafferty, McGuinness had the sell-out attendance on their feet as he claimed an impressive unanimous decision victory over his Scottish opponent in the headline event at the Letterkenny venue.
The reigning Irish light-welterweight champion began with real intent from the opening bell, snapping his opponent’s head back with a powerful kick to the left temple before forcing the Scot off balance with a right kick to the leg.
Always on the front foot McGuinness looked impressive but the Scot finished the round strongest when catching the PT’s man with a strong left hook to the head.
The Derry lad was never in any real trouble in the second round and shortly before the bell sounded he floored his opponent with a beautifully executed spinning kick to the right side of the body.
McGuinness dominated the next two rounds but his brave opponent was enjoying some success on the counter with left and right sweeping hooks to the head.
However, the Derry man soaked up the pressure and had his hand deservedly raised in victory at the end of the fifth round as he was crowned PT’s newest world champion.
Top class Undercard
Featuring on the top class undercard was Daniel Quigley who was competing in his first K1 rules fight and he made easy work of his Spanish opponent, Christian Brohilker.
The Derry man, who is the reigning ISKA world professional superheavyweight champion, had the Spaniard under pressure from the start with his typical fast and furious approach. And he ended the fight with a crushing right low kick to the shin which sent his opponent crumbling to the floor, causing the referee to stop the contest.
Also on the bill, reigning Irish Junior kickboxing champion, Damien “Kid Dynamite” Duddy from St Johnston, claimed the ISKA Junior European title with a points win against Scotland’s Dean Sutherland.
PT’s Carrigan’s professional K1 fighter, Vaidas Natkus defeated Ireland’s number one ranked K1 fighter, Dublin’s Justin Doyle for the ISKA Irish Professional K1 title.
Also fighting K1 rules was Jim Ramsey of PT’s Carrigans who suffered a KO by Spanish fighter, David Palama in the first round.
Palama had the local fighter on the canvas three times in the opening round, forcing the referee to end the contest.
And ISKA Irish amateur middleweight champion, Stephen Morrison claimed an impressive win against Ethan Young of Dragons Lair, Kilkenny, taking a hard fought three round unanimous decision.
Earlier in the night PT’s Rath Mor junior fighter, 13 year-old Cian “Kid” Kennedy claimed a unanimous decision win against Adam Lavelle of Bulldogs, Lurgan in his first full contact kickboxing bout.
There was also success for Daryl White of Carrigan’s who stopped Jay Martin (Bulldogs) with a tremendous left roundhouse to the mid-section halfway through the first round.
And PT’s Buncrana fighter, James Doherty secured his debut win against David
Simmons of Dragons Lair, Kilkenny.
PT’s Bishop Street’s 17 year-old Brian Houston’s bout with Hugh Doheny of Dragons Lair, Kilkenny ended in a draw.
PT’s Rath Mor coach and club PRO, Sean McGill was delighted with the success of the tournament.
“I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to come to the event and support the local fighters,” he said.
“I am delighted to see Dee McGuinness win the World title,” he added. “He has trained so hard for this fight, and no one is more deserving than him to achieve what he has. Derry now has another world champion along with Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley and Aidan Lafferty.”
Full Results - Cian Kennedy (Pt’s Rath Mor) won on points v Adam Lavelle (Bulldogs, Lurgan); Daryl White (Pt’s Carrigan’s) won RSC round one v Jay Martin (Bulldogs, Lurgan); James Doherty (Pt’s, Buncrana) won on points v David Timmons (Dragons Lair, Kilkenny); Brian Houston (Pt’s Bishop Street) drew with Hugh Doheny (Dragons Lair, Kilkenny); Stephen Morrison (Pt’s Bishop Street) won unanimous decision v Ethan Young (Dragons
Lair, Kilkenny); Jim Ramsey (Pt’s, Carrigans) lost to David Palama (Spain) for the ISKA European Amateur K1 title; Damien Duddy won points v Dean Sutherland (Scotland) for the ISKA Junior European title; Natalie McCarron lost points v Estella Garcia (International fight); Vaidas Natkus (Pt’s Buncrana) won on points v Justin Doyle (Dublin) for the ISKA Irish Professional K1 title; Daniel Quigley won KO round 1 v Christian Brohilker (Spain) under K1 Rules.