Northern Ireland has a newly crowned World Kickboxing Champion
May 29, 2023
After five scintillating rounds of top level action, the 20 year old had his hand raised and subsequently fell to his knees with tears of joy as he heard the words he’s been dreaming of: “And the new WKN Featherweight World Champion…Jay Snoddon!”
The atmosphere was electric as the sold out crowd were on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the main event. Both contenders, Richard Homer from Germany and Jay Snoddon from Belfast gave fight fans plenty to cheer about with five rounds of non-stop action.
A tight first two rounds between the two young fighters and there was little to separate them. But Snoddon put his foot on the gas in round three and picked up the pace, pushing Homer backwards and hurting him with clinical knees to the body.
The same onslaught from Snoddon came in round four, with his boxing and low kick keeping Homer on the back foot and against the ropes in the penultimate round. The German was lucky to hear the bell ring to signal the end of the fourth round and he stumbled back to his corner. When the bell rang for round five, the crowd erupted and Jay put on another master class, landing continuous leg kicks on Homer in the corner. When the final bell rang, Snoddon lifted his arms in triumph while Homer dropped to his knees with exhaustion.
The decision was in the hands of the judges but there was palpable excitement within the arena that ProKick were about to see their 18th world champion crowned. And that’s exactly what happened when the decision was announced: the new WKN K1 Pro/Am Featherweight World Champion, ProKick’s Jay Snoddon. His hand was raised, a crown placed upon his head, the illustrious belt fastened around his waist and a gold medal hung around his neck and the young man’s dream was now a reality.
How did he get here? His coach, Billy Murray summed up the new World Champion with these words; hard work, dedication and a dream. This is only the beginning for Snoddon and Murray. The dream only continues, but for now the celebrations will go on as Northern Ireland has a new world champion and ProKick has its 18th.
The undercard displayed lots of other young, up and coming talent from the ProKick gym. The future is certainly bright for kickboxing in NI.
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Results from #CFL6
What a day at the sixth addition at the 'Championships Fight league' in the Prokick gym! The energy was electric as fighters from all over the Europe came together to put on an unforgettable show, here's the results in Brief:
WKN Pro/Am K1 Featherweight World Title 60.3kg. 5x2 Mins
Jay Snoddon, Belfast N,Ireland WINNER POINTS Vs Richard Homer, Hamburg Germany.
Congratulations to all the fighters who put on an amazing show, and a special shoutout to Jay Snoddon for his well-deserved win. This is what it's all about - passion, dedication, and the thrill of the fight.
WKN International K1-Style match 68-70kg. 3x2 Mins
Dan Braniff (ProKick N,Ireland) WINNER POINTS VS Stefanos Zefkis (The King of Fighting, Cyprus)
WKN International K1-Style match 69-71kg. 3x2 Mins
Gary Lynch (ProKick N,Ireland) VS Petros Foulidis (Team UpperCut, Greece) DRAW
The second Draw of the day come by-way of Prokick's Gary Lynch when he faced Petros Fooulidis from Greece. Some ring-siders thought Gary had done enough to win the match.
WKN International Low-Kick match 62kg. 3x2 Mins
Demir "TSOUK" Dimchev (Bulgaria) VS Aran Bourke (Ultimate Fitness Gym, Dublin) DRAW.
Let's not forget the nail-biting draws the first between - Demir Dimchev from Bulgaria and Aran Bourke from Dublin, the judges couldn't split them.
WKN All-Ireland Low-Kick match 74kg. 3x2 Mins
Owen Brown (ProKick Belfast) WINNER POINTS Vs Daragh Murtagh (Ultimate Fitness Gym, Dublin).
Owen Brown found himself on the seat of his pants in the opening seconds, but the former rugby player and powerhouse found his form and had the Dubliner Daragh Murtagh on the back foot for the final two rounds to win on points.
WKN Regional K1-Style Catchweight Exhibition match. 3x2 Mins
Ryan Finnegan (ProKick, Belfast) VS Vytas Endzielaitis (Portadown Kickboxing)
Debut, Ryan Finnegan put on an explosive demo bout against Portadown's Vytas Endzielaitis. Both men left the crowd on the edge of their seats, with a hard hitting Exhibition match..
WKN Junior Regional Low-Kick Style match 58-60kg. 3x2 Mins
Max Murray (ProKick, Belfast) VS Ralph Wilson (Champions Kickboxing Club Larne) WINNER POINTS
While Prokick's own Max Murray may have lost on points to Larne's Ralph Wilson on a close points decision, the rest of the fighters also brought their A-game and left it all in the ring.
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