BRIAN Houston was crowned the new ISKA world amateur super middleweight champion after a sublime victory over Spaniard, Daniel Sanchez at Templemore Sports Complex last night.
The Creggan man, who fights out of Bishop Street Kickboxing and K1 Club, headlined the excellent ‘Domination’ event in front of an estimated attendance of 800 fight fans.
And he delivered a stunning display as he dominated his opponent from the outset at a relentless pace before earning a unanimous decision victory from the ISKA judges at ringside.
At the tender age of 18, it was a fantastic achievement for the talented kickboxer who has been fast-tracked to the top in the past 12 months.
Houston was delighted when his hand was raised at the end of the fight and he claimed the enormity of the achievement hadn’t yet sunk in.
“It feels unbelievable to be standing here as world champion,” he said. “Thanks to Daniel Sanchez for coming over, he’s a very good fighter and I’m just over the moon.
“I was nervous going into the ring but once I was in there I just knew this was my time,” he added.
“To be honest I had another gear to go but just didn’t get into it.
“When I started out in kickboxing I just wanted to go for an Irish title but to go on and win a world title is unbelievable.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet but I’m absolutely buzzing - I’m world champion!”
Deane impresses in 5 Nations Title Decider
Topping a brilliant undercard was Eamon Deane who defeated Manchester’s Randy Mboyo to claim the super middleweight Pro-Am 5 Nations title with a terrific performance.
In one of the fights of the night, Deane, representing Strike Martial Arts Academy, had the crowd on their feet from the first bell.
Setting the pace from the start, Deane did enough to claim the win in the early rounds and successfully thwarted Mboyo’s late flurry in the final stages.
Deane simply out-classed his opponent and he paid tribute to his coach, four times world professional champion, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley for guiding him to glory.
“Words can’t describe it,” said Deane. “This time last year I was a nobody and all it took was for one man to believe in me and give me an opportunity to turn my life around and I have. This is only the start.”
Kid Kennedy claims TKO win
Meanwhile, Cian ‘the Kid’ Kennedy won the Irish straw weight belt with a stunning first round TKO of Ryan Walsh.
The 15 year-old from Rath Mor Warriors in Creggan is going from strength to strength and he showed no nerves as he dismantled his opponent in an all action opening round which caused Walsh to ‘throw in the towel’.
See Tuesday’s Derry Journal for pictures, reaction and full results from ‘Domination’