By MATTHEW MCKEW
A victorious night for three Fight Science kickboxers at the weekend saw the
club bring home their first belts to Queenstown.
Industrial Fitness coach Rob Horrocks pushed through the pain barrier in his
two fights at the Christchurch King of Kings Fight Night.
Competing in the 68kg weight category, Horrocks tried for an early knockout
in his opening bout and went ‘‘nuts trying to finish’’ his opponent after
knocking him down in the first.
‘‘He was really tough, I didn’t think he would get back up … but this lad, I
smashed his body again and again and he didn’t seem fazed.’’
Eventually Horrocks won unanimously on points and progressed to the final.
In the changing room his comrades patched him up and massaged his legs,
while he ate sweets, drank water and threw up.
Then it was back in the ring for another hard slog, going the full three rounds before being crowned tournament champion on points.
In the 62kg category, Charlie Charalambides wasted no time in claiming the belt.
He got a bye in the first round and stopped his opponent in the final with just 46 seconds on the clock.
Also winning by knockout was Noah Shepherd.
He brought home the South Island ISKA 84.6kg K1 Rules belt.
Shepherd weathered an early storm from the reigning and undefeated champ Marcus Tuuli.
In the second round he landed a knee to the jaw to win.
Horrocks and Charalambides both qualified for King of the Ring events in
Auckland next year.