Kyuzo on the Double in Derry

Kelly brings home second title to Finglas. Hanley with successful debut win…

The road to Derry is a smooth one, but it as far from smooth sailing in the walled city for Kyuzo fighters Niall Hanley and Nathan Kelly as they both faced stern tests of their abilities at Chaos Fighting Championships.niall

Fighting at the lowest weight of flyweight, Hanley was making his competitive debut against hometown boy Christy Quigley of Team Torres, and with the crowd behind him, it was Quigley who made the early running, pressing the Dublin lad against the fence and trying to force a takedown. Hanley showed impressive cool for his debut however, and reversed the position to put on some pressure of his own, but not before Quigley leaped for a standing guillotine choke that Hanley did well to defend while still supporting his opponent’s weight. The move put the Derry man on bottom, where Hanley landed some strikes while Quigley attacked with submission attempts. A tight round that Quigley probably edged. In the second however, Hanley began to put the squeeze on, and with good direct boxing perhaps edged the contest on the feet, and this time when the fight went to the mat, was better able to defend Quigley’s constant attacks. So it was all to play for when the bell went for the third, and while Quigley attempted to put the early squeeze on with a head/arm throw, Hanley used the position to take his opponent’s back. That was the story of the rest of the round, with Hanley raining blows on his opponent and showing good control to transition from back control to mount and vice versa. Quigley defended well enough to deny a debut finish, but all 3 judges agreed that it was Hanley who took home the honours from as tough a test as you’ll get in a debut fight.


In the second Kyuzo bout of the evening, Nathan Kelly took on Ciaran Clarke of SBG in a hotly anticipated bout between two of Ireland’s top amateur featherweights. Kelly came into the bout having shipped a loss in his last bout in the final of the World Championships, and Clarke had recently done the business by taking home a title just the month before. Clarke opened with crisp boxing before Kelly pressed him to the fence in search of a takedown. The first round remained there for the bulk of the action, with Kelly doing the pressing. A break right at the last allowed Kelly to land the combination of the fight with a 3 punch combo finishing with a right kick to the body of Clarke. The second was another tough battle, this time Kelly landed his takedown, and while Clarke did well to disrupt the Kyuzo man’s strike attempts, the round closed out with Kelly on top. Into the final round and Clarke must have known he required a finish, and with Kelly looking to cement the fight in the eyes of the judges. The two went about their business with energy in a much more even round full of reversals and strikes that Clarke probably edged with some strikes after he took Kelly to the mat. Once again it came down to the judges, and Kelly took home his second amateur title and completed an excellent year for the Kyuzo man.15025141_1225536740817972_6075460332924577733_o

Kyuzo would like to thank promoter Jason McCabe and the Chaos team in Derry, as well as the lads’ opponents for the opportunity to compete. We look forward to 2017 and more challenges!

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