ProKick Gym 20 Years On
WHAT do you do with your abode when there are holes in the ceiling, holes in the roof, holes in the floor, no heating, a bird’s nests above the loo, and paint falling off the walls? You celebrate, that’s what you do. It’s 20 years since former world champion Billy Murray took over the deeds of an old east Belfast snooker hall and turned into the ProKick kickboxing gym.
Belfast native Murray, who continues to knock 20 years off his 50-something with grinding daily training routines that begin at six in the morning, will celebrate the birth and growth of his Prokick brand with a special Awards and fight show at the Hilton Hotel on January 28 – bring a host of new local fighters to the canvas.
Muarry, a four-time world champ who lifted his first Ulster title 30 years ago, said: “It’s amazing that we have been in a tin-hut gym for 20 years. It was a snooker hall and before that I believe it housed the Army in another location outside Belfast.
“We have been here throughout the Troubles and I fought through some of the darkest days in our history; but we got through it and all that endeavour has been worth it.
“The gym is, however, quite literally falling down around us but more and more new faces are coming to the gym every week. We have been consistently starting new beginner classes for many years – there is a big interest in the sport for those wanting to get fit or for those wanting to be competitive at a top level.”
Some of Murray's former beginners will be among those taking to the ring at the end of the month for The Graduates – Next Generation show, David Foster, Gary Fullerton, Darren McMullan, Paul Best, Karl McBlain and Johnny Smith.
The event will also celebrate Prokick Gym’s 20th anniversary and those who helped make the club what it is today – one of the foremost kickboxing clubs in the World Kickboxing Network’s family. Tickets for The Graduates – Next Generation fights and Prokick Awards night are available at Prokick Gym on Wilgar Street. Tickets are priced at £20 or £40, the latter including a pre-event buffet and early entrance. Show starts at 7:30pm. For more information log on to http://www.prokick.com or call 028 90 451074.
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