Templemore Sports Complex could be in line to host a major world title kickboxing show in November, it’s understood.
Strike Martial Arts Academy and Bishop Street Kickboxing Club have joined forces to put together an ambitious project which will include two world title fights and three Irish title fights on November 15th next.
The show, organised under the ISKA banner - the world’s best recognised sanctioning and regulatory body for combat sports and competitive martial arts - has been given the name ‘Domination’ and will also have a top class undercard featuring some of Derry’s finest kickboxing talent.
Strike coach and four time world professional kickboxing champion, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley this week confirmed that, following meetings with Derry City Council, plans for the show are now at an advanced stage.
And he’s confident the event, which is expected to attract around 800 fight fans, will get the go ahead from Council soon.
“It looks likely that it’s going to go ahead,” confirmed Quigley. “I’m 90 per cent sure that it will be happening. There’s a just few health and safety concerns that need addressed by Derry City Council.
“So we’re just waiting on a report coming back and then we’ll get the go ahead but I don’t see any issues arising.”
It’s also hoped that the Council will facilitate a fully licensed bar on the premises and four large television screens above the ring.
Bishop Street PT’s members Jim Ramsey and Brian Houston - the recently crowned Commonwealth champion - will contest ISKA world amateur titles on the night. And Noel Morrison will fight for the ISKA Middleweight Title, recently vacated by his stablemate, Houston.
Strike, meanwhile, will be represented by Eamon Deane who fights for the professional Irish K-1 title while Brendan Magee and Damien Duddy compete for Irish amateur titles in their respective weight divisions.
“It’s Strike and Bishop Street Kickboxing Club teaming up - the two biggest ISKA clubs in Derry - we’re running a joint show,” explained Quigley.
“All my Strike fighters will be fighting in K-1 rules. We’re hoping to get over 800 people to attend,” added Quigley.
“There’s nowhere else in Derry that could have held it. I think one of the last times they held a big event there was when Charlie Nash fought for the European lightweight title.
“So it promises to be a fantastic occasion,” he concluded.