May 10, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – It’s fight night in Victoria, BC and a full house at Pearks Arena to see quality fights by amazing fighters. A total of ten fights, two title fights , and eight great amateur fights including two women’s matches rounded out a full card.
Promoter DP Sundher holds one of the title belts up for grabs.jpg, Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
For some, this was their first big fight. Training for a fight and actually stepping into the ring to fight are two completely different things. Even if you train in a ring, once you get in the ring on fight night, it is a completely different feeling, one this writer knows very well.
Suneel Bangarh sweeps Corky Stuart to the mat. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Experience pays off, the more you compete the more confident you feel in the ring. Each fight, however, is a nerve wracking experience. The lack of ring experience didn’t stop these warriors from putting on a great show. Sweeps were the technique of the night for Suneel Bangarh who had his first match now that he is 18 years old.
Alex Garland plants a clean punch to first timer Shelly Strachan. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Even though Shelly Strachan fought a more experienced fighter in Alex Garland, she continued to press forward and do well enough to force a split decision by the judges!
Jill Fikowsky lays in a clean left roundhouse to Kim Forsyth. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Unfortunately, despite the best laid plans, this writer didn’t get a chance to interview the fighters afterwards. Excitement and adrenaline and a desire to relax taking over the desire to talk to a reporter.
Landon Larson feels the sting of a good old fashioned right cross from Jeff Laroque. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Tim Packer sends Ryan Charlie to the mat with his powerful right hook. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Not all fights are completely equal. Even though fighters may weigh in at the same weight, differences in height and reach can play a significant role if you know how to use them. Just because you are smaller in stature, does not mean you will lose however, as Tim Packer displayed in his match against Ryan Charlie. The smaller Tim managed to duck and weave and do significant damage to his opponent in the process, going on to win by a Knock Out!
Tony Khun gets his guard up from the onslaught of James Sebuyana’s kicks. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
It’s hard for me to say what I considered to be the fight of the night. I’ve enjoyed watching many of these fighters for a while, some from almost the beginning of their career such as with new ISKA World Middleweight Champion, Chase Ingalls.
Martin Sarov receives a hard leg kick from Chase Ingalls. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
A couple of these fighters are also friends and training partners, such as Suraj Bangarh, who I’ve trained with for quite some time and seen almost every one of his fights. I can tell you he hits hard and kicks hard. That didn’t stop Johnny Two Feathers from being persistent and winning the matchup just 1:42 into the first round, making him the new ISKA World Welterweight Champion.
Johnny Two Feathers shows off his boxing skills against Suraj Bangarh. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
Most of these fighters make competing a career and you will thus see them in the ring again, maybe even against the same opponent. If you didn’t get out to May 9th Mayhem, you missed out. Let me strongly encourage you NOT to miss the next event!
Brian Colwell slips punch from Scott Judson and sneaks in one of his own. Photo: Carl Constantine / Island Sports News
- Suneel Bangarh vs Corky Stuart – Suneel by split decision
- Kim Forsyth vs Jill Fikowski – Jill by split split decision
- Landon Larson vs Jeff Laroque – Jeff by unanimous decision
- Alex Garland vs Shelly Strachan – Alex by split decision
- Lars Larson vs Dan Lucia – Lars by TKO in 3rd round
- Tim Packer vs Ryan Charlie – Tim by KO in 42 seconds of first round
- James Sebuyana vs Tony Kuhn – James by TKO in 3rd Round
- Brian Colwell vs Scott Judson – Brian by unanimous decision
- Suraj Bangarh vs Johnny “Two Feathers” Williams – Johnny by TKO in 1:42 in first round
- Chase Ingalls vs Martin Sarov – Chase by TKO in 1:40 in 3rd round