ACCRINGTON kick boxer Jason Curtis organised his first fight night - and it was a knock-out success.
The Kokoro gym owner sold out of the 500 tickets for the event at St Pauls in Blackburn which featured fighters from three gyms in Accrington - Fite Rite, Kokoro and Northern Dragons - as well as boxers from Blackburn, Liverpool, Burnley and Derby.
There were 14 fights on the bill with two junior bouts and three boxing matches with the rest full contact kickboxing shows and the ages ranged from seven-year-old Max Curtis to 46-year-old Phillip Blackmore.
"This promotion was the first of its kind in seven years in East Lancashire and we weren’t sure how this would go," said Jason, a former English and British kick boxing title holder.
"But the tickets sold out six weeks ago and it was a huge success and the feedback has been fantastic. We had 28 fighters with 11 from my my gym and everyone boxed really well.
"It was so successful we are organising another one for March 6 next year.
"It was a huge boost for our gym as all our fighters are doing fantastically well and are building a name for themselves and the gym.
"Its important to get kickboxing and other full contact sports back on the map up here as we have always produced good fighters and champions from the area."
The fighters from the Kokoro gym were Max Curtis, organiser Jason’s son, then there was father and son boxers Kieron Hosker junior, 15, and senior, 33.
Other kickboxers from the gym were Jack Stevenson, 18; Michael Worswick, 16; Jackie Beare, 34, Tia Rennie, 19, Michael Hinett, 26, Phil Blackmore, 45, Ashley Duxbury, 26 and Irfan Mithagre 26. There was also boxer Darren Smith, 35.
The Fight Rite fighters who took part were Alan Smith, 28, who has had two fights at 75kg with one win and one draw. He got off the floor in his first round at Blackburn to win with a second round knock-out.
Stefan Stefan, 28, was having his first full contact bout at the fight night and won with a unanimous points verdict.
Howard Snape, 34, has had three full contact bouts with one win, one draw and one loss.
He went the distance to get the draw in Blackburn.
And Ian Longson, 28, is more experienced with 15 full contact bouts - nine wins, four losses and one draw. Ian is the current ISKA North West Area Champion and currently looking forward to an English title fight early next year.