C- class fights
As promised, Ronan’s fight did indeed pave the way for GUMT to have more representative fighters in the semi-professional C-class league.
Following on Ronan Farrell’s win on GUMT’s first time on the C-class circuit, we had Graham Callison take up the challenge who fought next on the 25th of March. Despite being one of the younger fighters on the GUMT fight team (20), Graham is not a small guy. He took the fight at 86kg making his fight the heaviest fight of the night.
Graham Callison (20) made his semi-professional debut at the On-X arena in Linwood vs Stuart Mckee from O’B gym. Graham had been training hard under the guidance of Tommy Young and had been working on his clinching & kneeing game throughout his pre-fight prep. This was not Mckee’s first bout and so the fighter seemed very calm from start to finish.
At 86kg, a clinching strategy proved to be extremely laborious, tiring out both Callison and Mckee very early on unfortunately, the former more than the latter. During round 2 Callison, who is also the Glasgow boxing treasurer, displayed some of his slick boxing ability with some speedy boxing combos. Over the course of the fight which was predominantly a fight filled with knees and clinches, Callison took some hard knees to the ribs which seemed to slow him down. It seemed Mckee had also been working on his clinch game as Mckee came out with a little more in the clinch than Callison could handle leading to a victory by unanimous judge decision in favour of the big man out of O’B gym.
Alas, this was not the result we would have hoped for however, we are extremely proud of Graham taking up the challenge at such a young age with so much time for improvement. Graham will be taking the C-class stage again in the near future.
Next, we saw our most active Alumni, Srijan Rai (SJ), take up a c-class on the 29th of April in the Power of Scotland fight show at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley. This was one of the biggest shows POS had put on in over a few years. It was an emotional night with many coming along and paying homage to young Muay Thai star, Jordan Coe (age 20). Jordan was one of Scotland’s youngest and most successful professional Muay Thai stars who sadly passed away from dehydration/ heart failure during a rigorous weight cut earlier this year in Thailand.
The fight saw SJ (5 ft 7) take on David Strain (6 ft). Despite the height difference, SJ came out looking strong in the first 2 rounds landing some very hard punches that visibly shook Strain. In Muay Thai, the first 2 rounds are not scored which was unfortunate in this case as the win would have been an easy decision in SJ’s favour. Round 3 and round 4 were hard to call but seemed to land in Strain’s favour as he used his height and size to his advantage clinching up and landing more knees in the clinch. The final round is where things got a little more interesting, SJ came out hitting hard, his barrage of cross hooks proved too much for Strain and the crowd expected the knock out. However, Strain clung onto SJ in an attempt to close the round out in the clinch which meant that SJ was unable to land the finishing shot.
The fight then went to the judge’s score cards which ruled the fight in Strain’s favour by split decision. Again, not the result we wanted but it was outstandingly close. Had the fight gone on a little longer we have had no doubt that SJ would have clinched the victory and he is also excited to be continuing on this professional Muay Thai adventure.
Amazing developments for Glasgow University Muay Thai this year. We never imagined having one of our own take up a professional fight yet alone, three fighters! A development we hope to continue!