Five title fights headline Battle Arena’s ‘Night of Champions’
FIVE title bouts are set to headline Battle Arena’s ‘Night of Champions’ when Europe’s biggest amateur mixed martial arts promotion opens 2013 with a mammoth 25-fight card at Club Republic in Leicester on Saturday, February 23.
Hometown hero Ranjeet Baria, of Leicester Shootfighters, is amongst those fighting it out for a British belt and will no doubt be able to count on plenty of local support when he takes on Fight Hub’s Jake Ocean at 71.5kg.
Ocean was recently named in the Team GB squad for this year’s two Fighters Source tournaments in South Korea and the USA, and national team mate Josh Neale (Warriors MMA) is also in contention for a British title in his 57kg showdown with Phillip Tomkin (Devil’s Pit).
The two other British title bouts see Charlie Fensom face James Bray and Bobby Gaze take on Matthew Bolsover. In National title action, natural showman Kevin Richardson is up against Johnny Gillan.
“This is the best fight night that we have ever put on,” said Battle Arena CEO James Price.
“We are show casing a lot of the UK’s top amateur talent. The title fights all promise to be exceptional bouts and there is a lot of hype surrounding all the fighters.
“We are also very pleased with the undercard that actually includes members of the GB Fighters Source team fighting. Fights nights do not get any better than this!”
Although the title bouts are the main attraction, a stacked undercard full of 50-50 contests and some of the most talented amateur fighters from these shores and beyond promise to provide the perfect warm-up.
Ocean and Neale’s fellow Team GB squad members Ryan James, Den Palmer and Sam Hill are in action on the card, while French gym Le Battle Combat Club are adding an international flavour by sending over Mohammed Addajou, Jean Noel Chanllais and Quinto Coronne.
Along with Baria, Leicester Shootfighters are set to have Jake Constantinou, James Jones, Alex Feary, Daniel Townsend and Kiro Kiffin in action. Also representing the host city are Gannon’s MMA trio Gianni Biggenshaw, and Paul and Lewis Gannon, and 1st Legion gym quintet Paul Antoni, Josh McManus, Daniel Szuper, Wade Bass and Junior Bueno.
Price picked three to watch out for, saying: “With Den Palmer against Azi Thomas we see two very experienced stand-up fighters come together in what promises to be a fight to remember. Den has a very good Thai game and Azi is a top class boxer.
“Michael Zaskorski showed he has a really well rounded fight style when he made his last appearance on our show. He is very durable and very fit. Alex Feary always keeps the crowds entertained; he has top level wrestling skills and don’t be surprised if he comes up with a crowd pleasing take down.
“Rob Vials against Mohammed Addajou is one of our international bouts of the night. Young Prodigy Rob has proper knock out power in his hands and a good grappling game. Mohammed is an up and coming amateur fighter from France who also isn’t afraid to exchange, so I think this fight will be awesome.”
Tickets for Battle Arena’s ‘Night of Champions’ show at Club Republic in Leicester on Saturday, February 23 are on sale now at £25 or £350 for a VIP table that seats ten. Doors open at 2pm.
Full ‘Night of Champion’ fight card:
Title contests (all British titles unless stated)
71.5kg – Jake Ocean (Fight Hub) v Ranjeet Baria (Leicester Shootfighters)
84kg – Charlie Fensom (Warriors MMA) v James Bray (The Pound)
84kg (National title) – Johnny Gillan (Devil’s Pit) v Kevin Richardson (Freestylers)
93kg – Bobby Gaze (Mayhem MMA) v Matthew Bolsover
57kg – Josh Neale (Warriors MMA) v Phillip Tomkin (Devil’s Pit)
93kg – Ash Snart (Peterborough MMA) v Danny Edwards (Warriors MMA)
72kg – Rob Vials (The MMA Gym) v Mohammed Addajou (Le Battle Combat Club)
77kg – Dan Beckett (Shudan MMA) v Rob Large (1st Legion)
71kg – Jake Constantinou (Leicester Shootfighters) v Daniel Bloomfield (Combat Jujitsu)
71kg – Azi Thomas (Mayhem MMA) v Den Palmer (Team Siam)
77kg – Josh McManus (1st Legion) v Phil Byrne (The MMA gym)
110kg – Sam Hill (Next Level MMA) V Adi Shoemark (Immortal MMA)
72kg – Piotr Bitels (Shudan MMA) V Craig Smith (Warriors MMA)
77kg – Jean Noel Chanllais (Le Battle Combat Club) V Daniel Szuper (1st Legion)
70kg – Damien Ammar (The MMA Gym) V James Jones (Leicester Shootfighters)
71kg – Steve Li (Shudan MMA) V Dave Gould (Five Elements MMA)
77kg – Michael Zarkoski (Warriors MMA) V Alex Feary (Leicester Shootfighters)
84kg – Ricky Green (The MMA Gym) V Wade Bass (1st Legion)
77kg – Luke Carter (Next Level MMA) V Quinto Coronne (Le Battle Combat Club)
90kg – Dan Wilce (Next Level MMA) V Matt King (Five Elements MMA)
68kg – Lewis Gannon (Gannon’s MMA) v Wes Gott (Five Elements MMA)
66kg – Brett Francis (The MMA Gym) V Danny Holt (Five Elements MMA)
65kg – Paul Gannon (Gannon’s MMA) v Daniel Townsend (Next Level MMA)
70kg – Kiro Kiffin (Leicester Shootfighters) v Gianni Biggenshaw (Gannon’s MMA)
93kg – Marius Kobeszko (The MMA Gym) v Junior Bueno (1st Legion)
For more information or to get involved with Battle Arena on a local or international level, contact James Price via firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+44) 01832 731573.