Glasgow University Muay Thai saw 6 fighters take part in an interclub down in London involving 9 English Universities including Kings College, Queen Mary, University College London (The hosts) and Westminster to name a few. This was the first time GUMT traveled anywhere further than Stirling for a fight and the first time GUMT had competed in a contest with so many different universities.
We had 3 non-decision fights: Shane Seeley, Melanie Poynor and Katie Hsia. We also had 3 decision fighters, this means that the fights had a determined Winner/loser, something we’ve never had the chance of experiencing yet at Glasgow. Here is a brief summary of all the individual fights.
First fighter of the event was Shane Seeley(76kg) taking on Russell J.(78kg) from Aston, Shane began sparring only 3 months ago and his first fight was a mere 2 weeks ago at the Glasgow Interclub but this was not something you would have gussed. Confident, Shane had a strong right kick going for him the whole fight and landed a couple of early head kicks during the first round. It was a well balanced fight from both sides.
Next up was Katie Hsia, nicknamed “the truck” for good reason. Katie (58kg) took on India B. (58kg) from Kings College. Katie landed some very strong punches early on and some quality kicks however, India proved to be a tough opponent and the fight started off heavy on both sides. Both fighters were asked to bring the level down early on but it was a strong finish on both sides.
Our 3rd and final non-decision fighters was Melanie Poynor (50kg) taking on Audrey Y(63kg!) from Warwick University . Melanie is also new to Muay Thai Sparring and this was her very first fight! Warwick’s fighter was 5kg heavier than she was supposed to be and yet, Melanie accepted the fight and did extremely well. We could not be prouder at GUMT.
The first of the decision fights, Srijan Rai, a known Muay Femur (Technical fighter). Srijan has been a long-term member of the club and his excellent Muay Thai knowledge and commitment to the sport was very evident in this fight. Srijan (72kg) took on Sam M(72kg) from Warwick. This was a very composed fight on Srijan’s part playing the cool, calm and collected persona fighting with a smile on his face right through to the end. There was no doubt in the crowd’s mind that Srijan was the winner at the end of this fight and it didn’t look like he’d broke a sweat.
The second decision fight of the night can only be described as blood, sweat and tears. A true dog fight, and what many believed to be the performance of the night featuring GUMT’s own treasurer Shereif Kholeif (79kg) vs Kabir (72kg) from Royal Holloway. Both fighters immediately started with a mixed flurry of punches and low kicks, with neither fighter backing down from the brawl. Shereif displayed his strength in the clinch, using his weight effectively and executing multiple throws. However, the later rounds proved to be a true test of heart from both fighters. Shereif was visibly shaken after round 3 as he was rocked from multiple knees to the body. He whispered to the team “I’m exhausted, those knees hurt too much.” Coach McGinnes told him to give everything he had for the last 90 seconds as the fight was too close to call. Shereif marched into round 4 and unloaded everything he had, multiple uppercuts and a barrage of knees in the clinch sealing the victory. A true display from the underdog and incredible human endurance from both fighters.
The headliner of the evening saw our very own Ronan Farrell (66kg) take on Jelson Sagay (78kg) from Westminster. This was truly an epic David vs. Goliath. Warwick’s fighter Jelson coming in with; 5 years’ experience over Ronan’s 3; having an extra 12kg which could not have been mistaken for anything apart from pure muscle and having a semi-pro record on the K1 fight scene. Jelson came out hard in the first round, heavy punches and using his weight effectively to drop Ronan onto the floor more than once. What really worked for Ronan throughout the fight was his left kicks, repeatedly landing liver kick’s which eventually proved to be too much for Westminster’s elite fighter. Being the closest call of the night according to the judges, the win was awarded to our very own Muay Tae(kicker) Ronan Farrell giving Glasgow the 3/3 on the decision fights.
An impressive feat for GUMT winning our first 3 decision fights in GUMT history. GUMT is extremely proud of the team and the support we got from all of Glasgow whilst we were down in London via social media. Thank you to everyone for the support! We could not have done so well without it!