WATCH: Derry’s kickboxing talent shine at Heat Rising Stars

  • Steve Owens is crowned ISKA 5 Nations Pro Am champion
  • Damien Duddy secures Irish amateur 60kgs K1 title
  • Heat Rising Stars was Strike Martial Arts Academy’s second promotion of the year

DERRY KICKBOXERS, Steve Owens and Damien Duddy ensured a successful night for Strike Martial Arts Academy when winning their respective title fights at last Saturday’s Heat Rising Stars show.

Topping an action-packed bill at Longtower Youth Club, Owens, now 8-2-0, brought the ISKA 5 Nations Pro Am title back to the Bay Road club with an impressive victory over Englishman, Tier Blundell.

And St Johnston teenager, Duddy secured the ISKA Irish amateur 60kg K1 title after the most difficult test of his career.

Strike coach, four times world professional kickboxer, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley was delighted with how successful the show was.

“I’d like to thank ‘Big Bang Promotions’ for a very successful fight show on Saturday night,” he said.

“From stoppages to extra rounds, the show had it all,” he added. “The Strike fighters did themselves proud. Thank you to all involved on the production and set up of ‘Heat Rising Stars’ and to all travelling clubs coaches and fighters and sponsors.

Damien Duddy, left, and Steve Owen topped the bill at the Heat Rising Stars kickboxing night. DER2915-147KM

Damien Duddy, left, and Steve Owen topped the bill at the Heat Rising Stars kickboxing night. DER2915-147KM

“Special congratulations to Steve Owens who once again came out on top to win his ISKA title claiming the 5 nations crown against a very dangerous English opponent. Steve is without doubt a rising star who is headed in the right direction.

“Also Damien ”Kid Dynamite” Duddy who won the junior ISKA Irish title, undoubtly the hardest test of his career so far. At only 17 years-old he had a lot of pressure on his shoulders, more experience gained and another title added to the collection,

“It was a great night all round for our young team of fighters who work so hard with each other every night in the academy.”

From stoppages to extra rounds, the show had it all. The Strike fighters did themselves proud.

Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley
The family of Damien Duddy enjoyed a ringside view of his Amateur Irish Title bout at the Heat Rising Stars kickboxing night. DER2915-148KM

The family of Damien Duddy enjoyed a ringside view of his Amateur Irish Title bout at the Heat Rising Stars kickboxing night. DER2915-148KM

Marty Kelly, left, lands with this kick during his bout against Hugh Kelly at the Heat Rising Stars kickboxing night. DER2915-152KM

Marty Kelly, left, lands with this kick during his bout against Hugh Kelly at the Heat Rising Stars kickboxing night. DER2915-152KM