Melton Assassins find form in Dutch Open

The Assassins team at the Dutch Open Championships EMN-150807-115500002
The Assassins team at the Dutch Open Championships EMN-150807-115500002
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Muay Thai Assassins Thai Barlow and Tyree Stevens shared the spoils as a five-strong team enjoyed success at the Dutch Open Championships.

The pair both fought through to the final of their weight category, but were unwilling to fight each other and shared the belt.

Earlier, Thai had got past two tough Dutch opponents, including a semi-final with old rival Ko Kooten, while Tyree also overcame a home opponent.

Elizabeth Griffiths became the first English girl to take a Dutch title in her category. The 11-year-old progressed through to the final where she faced an opponent from the Vos Gym, one of the biggest in Europe.

The Assassin used her experience to prevent her opponent from settling and superior Muay Thai scoring took the second round.

The Dutch girl tried to up the pace in the final round, but Elizabeth retained control.

Kian Nolan (13) was the lightest fighter in his category and took on a very aggressive Dutch youngster.

The Melton boy was stunned by his rival’s fast start and lost the first round, and despite big improvements in the next, lost again, failing to score with his rib kicks.

Kian settled in the final round, using his technique to score and clearly won it, but the judges’ verdict went the home fighter’s way.

George Griffiths moved straight into the final in his category and took control from round one.

The 15-year-old was comfortable throughout the five-round bout, landing many big hits on a tough Thai boxer.

But 10 seconds from the end, the referee stopped the bout as the Assassin won.

* Iman Barlow defends her Enfusion world title on Saturday in Ireland from 8pm. The fight will be streamed live on

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