FOUR TIME world kickboxing champion, Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley is expecting ‘fireworks’ at tomorrow night’s Strike Martial Arts Promotion at Ann Street Longtower Youth Club as Creggan man Eamon Deane fights for the ISKA professional Irish K1 title.
It’s the first time ‘Pinta’ has turned his hand to promoting an event and it’s the first promotion from newly established kickboxing and K1 club, Strike Martial Arts Academy but the world champion kickboxer claims fight fans will get full value for their money!
The current ISKA Five Nations K1 champion, Deane will take on Dawid Blaszke of Naas Kickboxing in the main event but the show’s undercard promises to be just as exciting.
Strike’s Tomas Logue who has been sparring with Commonwealth Games bronze medalist, Sean McGlinchey is also competing in a ‘Last Man Standing’ four man tournament - the first of its kind to take place in Derry.
And exciting talent, 17 year-old Damien ‘Kid Dynamite’ Duddy will contest the K1 Amateur Irish title on the night.
A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to bring the show to fruition but, ‘Pinta’ believes all the hard work will pay off on the night.
“It’s a lot different organising than fighting but I’d rather be fighting,” he laughs.
“There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that I didn’t know about but I’m enjoying learning from it.
“It just shows you the talent coming through the ranks at Strike and in Derry. It’s the first show promoted by Strike so it’s another step in the right direction for the club.
“There will be 16 fights plus a four man tournament so it’ll be great value for money.
“There’s a few junior fighters on the bill as well who are getting a chance to experience what it’s like being in the ring on fight night.
With top billing afforded to Deane, who claimed the Five Nations title at the recent Domination show at Templemore Sports Complex, ‘Pinta’ claims the Creggan man is in the best shape of his life.
“Eamon Deane is fighting Dawid Blaszke. He’s a strong fighter but I haven’t seen Eamon look so sharp and focussed.
He’s a performer and he’s young and exciting. He has the skill to match it too.
There’s definitely going to be fireworks. The last time these two met there was a ‘stare down’ in Dublin at a show and I had to step in and pull them apart. They were standing toe-to-toe so there’s no love lost.Daniel ‘Pinta’ Quigley
“There’s definitely going to be fireworks. The last time these two met there was a ‘stare down’ in Dublin at a show and I had to step in and pull them apart. They were standing toe-to-toe so there’s no love lost.
“And as the night goes on the card just gets stronger and stronger. Tomas Logue is fighting in a four man tournament.
It’s a ‘winner stays on’ tournament. Tomas has been training hard and has been sparring alongside Sean McGlinchey the Commonwealth bronze medalist. He’s an exciting fighter and always brings a crowd.
“After that we have the K1 Amateur Irish title fight involving Damien ‘Kid Dynamite’ Duddy. Anybody that follows kickboxing this past few years will know he’s a great fighter. And there’s three female fights as well so it promises to have everything.”
UFC lightweight ‘Stormin’ Norman Parke from Bushmills, Co. Antrim will also be in attendance on the night.
There will be a weigh in for fighters on the bill at the Bentley Bar tonight (Friday) at 6.30 p.m. Tickets are selling fast and are available at The Bentley Bar, Masons Bar, Bodyfit and Strike, priced at £15.