Stormy weather can't stop Keating landing Muay Thai belt at Blackrock

Stormy weather can't stop Keating landing Muay Thai belt at Blackrock
Martin Horgan and Finn Keating after a recent Muay Thai event.

DESPITE the best efforts of Storm Dennis, ‘Rumble in the Rockies’ went ahead at Blackrock Hurling club on Saturday and much to the delight of organiser Martin Horgan, it all went according to plan.

A decent crowd was in attendance to watch the Muay Thai Fight Night – presented by Siam Warriors where Horgan is a coach – and the Cork gym itself saw three of its fighters win their three respective bouts.

Nacim Younsi and Aaron McGahey claimed Silver Series Titles while the highly-rated Finn Keating was crowned New Irish Iska Featherweight Muay Thai Champion at just 18 years of age.

“It went really well,” enthused Horgan when speaking to the Echo.

“Our three main events on the night involved our three Cork lads from our own gym. They all did really well and won their fights which was great.

“Finn was fighting for an Irish title and he took it on a unanimous decision after five rounds. We had two other fighters then fighting for what they call ‘Silver Series Titles’ in three three-minute rounds of full Thai rules and they both won as well so it was a really good night all round for us.

“The aim was to get the three wins on the night. Those lads had been building up towards those fights for a while especially Finn.

“He has been a busy young fighter the last three or four years so to be a senior Irish champion is a great achievement especially at only 18-years-old. It’s a hard enough title to win at any age but to win it at 18 is a big achievement.

“We had a great crowd there even though it was really stormy on Saturday. We thought the weather might have turned some people off going but we had a good crowd, they created a really good atmosphere and it ran really well.”

The event typified what a successful period this has been for the gym.

Keating is now set to fight on a major card in Dublin in the coming weeks, Ryan Sheehan will soon fight for the WBC International title while Séan Clancy was recently named WBC Muay Thai fighter of the year for 2019.

And Horgan admitted he was also delighted to give other young fighters from around Ireland the chance to participate in the sport last weekend.

“We had a lot of other fights on the night from other gyms around the country, so there were some great competitive fights on,” he added.

“We were delighted with all that. We gave a lot of young fighters and new beginners to the sport some of the prelim fights so they all got a run out on a well-organised show which will be huge for them too.”

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