Donovan stars at Assassins Muay Thai Melton show

Nathan Donovan gets the verdict to earn the Jason Roth Trophy for best Assassin performance EMN-171017-111915002
Nathan Donovan gets the verdict to earn the Jason Roth Trophy for best Assassin performance EMN-171017-111915002
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Nathan Donovan was named top Assassin fighter after a fine performance at the gym’s big Melton show on Saturday at the Market Tavern.

The heavyweight went up against an imposing opponent from Birmingham and scored well with body kicks to earn a points win and the Jason Roth Trophy.

Iman ‘Pretty Killer’ Barlow won the battle of the world champions against Cindy Silvestre.

The French fighter refused to lie down in the top-of-the-bill bout, but the Assassin was savage with her kicks and knees to take all five rounds and another good win.

Michael Robinson lost the first round of his K1 bout, but fought back well to stop a strong K1 fighter in the third.

George Griffiths was also involved in a top class bout in one of the evening’s England v Cyprus clashes, but he showed great technique and tactical acumen to wear down his opponent and stop him at the end of the fourth round.

The opening international bout of the evening saw Mustafa Agwan’s Cypriot opponent win the first three rounds.

The Assassin fought back well to take the next two, but had left his comeback too late and will learn to get his head into the bout earlier.

But Saxon Nugent ensured a home win as he won his first adult bout against a strong Cypriot, turning in a classy performance to win every round with scoring body kicks and knees.

Elizabeth Griffiths continues to improve leaps and bounds and won every round against a strong and willing opponent, and Aliza Agwan is another Assassin on an upward spiral, defeating a tough girl from Birmingham on points to preserve her unbeaten record after 10 bouts.

Naomi Blankley also faced a Birmingham fighter in the third bout between the two.

While the previous clashes had been close-fought, Naomi showed her development by starting fast and stopping her opponent in the second round.

Lexie Peters outscored her opponent with great kicks in a high quality fight against the experienced Keira Sayer from Great Yarmouth, while Lewis Kelly learned a lot from his first outing on a home show despite a defeat.

Mkaylin Kneeland is another Assassin who fought well and will learn from mistakes following his defeat to a strong Birmingham opponent, while Taylor Bishop earned a well-deserved draw against a Kettering fighter.

Shay Burt gave weight away to his opponent from Birmingham, but did superbly to outclass his rival in a points victory.

The show opened with three interclub bouts which saw Cerys Hirst, Jase Perks and Samantha Culley all do well.

* Iman Barlow faces her next world title fight in Sweden on November 23, while Tyree Stevens is in action in Southampton on November 18.

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