Mixed fortunes for Melton Muay Thai Assassins

Michael Robinson trains with Mark Barlow ahead of his title fight EMN-151003-182518002
Michael Robinson trains with Mark Barlow ahead of his title fight EMN-151003-182518002
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There were mixed fortunes for Assassins Muay Thai Boxing Gym at their first Melton show of the year on Saturday.

World champion Iman Barlow gained a convincing win in the top-of-the-bill bout against Swedish opponent Therese Gunnarson, taking the last four rounds with superior pace and power after a drawn opening round.

Her brother Thai also looked sharp on his senior debut, throwing in several five-kick combinations to defeat Dutch fighter Ko Kootsen on points.

But there was disappointment for boxer Michael Robinson as he suffered a narrow points defeat in his English amateur title fight.

In an excellent bout against experienced opponent Chris Wood, both fighters showed high skill levels.

Assassins head coach Mark Barlow believed Robinson won the first three rounds before Wood came back in the final two. But the judges disagreed and awarded the title to Wood who plans to turn professional next month.

Eight-year-old Musab opened the night, standing in at late notice for an injured team-mate, and lost narrowly to Newcastle’s Brooks Sowerby.

Aliza Agwan (11) won every round of her bout against another Newcastle opponent, but there was disappointment for Kian Nolan and Billy Hammond whose opponents from the Double K gym in London, failed to show.

Instead they fought club-mates Kammal Chamberlain and Saxon Nugent respectively in two drawn contests.

George Griffiths lost his return bout with Stevie Irvine, the Assassin having beaten the Scot in Glasgow last October.

Irvine was much stronger than in the original bout and the Melton fighter struggled with his speed and strength.

Mark said: “We have to take a step back with George. He needs to get stronger and sharper with his kicks, but I know for sure that George will train hard. He is very determined to get to the top.”

There was a good win for Tyree Stevens next against Spanish opponent Nico Carrillo. Nico opened with fast kicks, but Tyree, who looked sharp throughout, avoided them and countered with his own kicks, outscoring his rival in every department.

An Assassins inter-club heavyweight match between Melton’s Nathan Donovan and Liam Hardy, from Leicester, provided good entertainment and both may be on the bill for the next show in June.

Luna Turbin came up against former world champion Hannah Turner from the Unit 1 Gym, in Bury St Edmunds.

The Peruvian Assassin began with kick combinations and won the first two rounds, but Turner came back to win the third.

Both girls exchanged kicks in a drawn fourth round before Turner pushed the pace to take the fifth and force a draw.