Iman Barlow became an 11-time world champion as she won the top-of-the-bill bout at the Assassins’ Melton show on Saturday.
The 22-year-old from Melton was awarded the WTKA -54kg world title when her opponent Fatima Pinto, the IFMA world champion, was forced to withdraw after the first round with a dislocated shoulder.
Iman was first to be put on the canvas in the opening round when the Norwegian caught her kick, but the Melton fighter put her opponent down twice in a dramatic start.
Pinto was then put down again, the fall which caused her injury and forced her withdrawal before the second round.
Iman next faces a trip down under in four weeks’ time when she fights in Perth, Australia.
Her clubmate Tyree Stevens was awarded the Jason Roth Memorial Trophy as best Assassin fighter of the night for his points victory against Spanish-based opponent Danny Brady.
Both fighters showed power and skill throughout five excellent rounds, but the Assassins’ extra edge took over later in the contest as he dominated the final rounds.
Elizabeth Griffiths opened the evening for the Assassins at the Market Tavern with a demonstration before Samantha Culley got the competitive bouts under way against Millie Draper, from the Wutan Gym, in Kettering.
Both girls showed skill and good technique in a close bout which the judges awarded a draw.
The third fight on the undercard saw Mohammed Hussain take on Kettering’s Oliver Papracki. After a nine-month injury absence, Mohammed showed massive improvement to seal an excellent points win.
Saxon Nugent outscored Frank Mulley, from the Double K Gym, in London, in all four rounds to win on points before Cailan Nolan made it three straight wins for the Melton club.
Taking on a heavier opponent, Devon Peterson (Kettering), Nolan fought back from losing the opening round to win the next two.
Billy Hammond overcame illness, and medical advice, to step into the ring against Frankie Harris (Double K).
The opening two rounds were even, but Billy finally gave into his illness before the third round and Harris was awarded a technical knockout.
The first title bout saw Assassin Aliza Agwan take on Devon’s Kacey Day in what proved a tremendous battle.
Aliza’s kicking gave her the edge in rounds three to five, throwing 10 successive kicks in one combination, to win her the Assassins Challenge belt.
Nathan Donovan was first on the main card against Andy Hay (Bury St Edmunds) and produced an excellent performance.
But the judges couldn’t separate the pair and awarded a draw.
Assassin debutant Paul Chaplin fought Salvador Posadas, from Spain, in the evening’s first international clash.
The Spaniard took the bout to the home fighter for the opening two rounds, but began to tire in the third, allowing the Assassin to return the compliment.
After five hard and exhausting rounds, the judges awarded the verdict to the Assassin.
George Griffiths maintained his good form with a knockout victory against Spanish champion Alexis Garcia.
Both fighters swapped kicks and punches in a blow-for-blow first round, but George’s strength began to wear down his rival.
Griffiths bossed the third round, catching Garcia with several hard punches and knees, prompting a standing count from the referee who then stepped in to stop the fight.
Michael Robinson faced aggressive Norwegian fighter Jerry Ljungren who stopped the Melton man with a knee to the face to earn a technical knockout win.
Thai Barlow gained revenge for the Assassins and England when he used his speed and skill to outwit Norway’s Mohammed Abdulkadir and force a points victory.