Kickboxing’s rising star, Ronnie Brennan, had a night of mixed emotions on Saturday 26th May.
Ronnie Brennan had a disappointing start to his scheduled title fight, which ultimately led to an overwhelmingly positive outcome.
The Lifford born Brennan, was set to fight Phil Hamil, who represents Kenpo Kickboxing Club, Lurgan, for the WKA Irish title at -60kg. Unfortunately, Hamil pulled out of the contest at the last minute citing food-poisoning for the sudden departure.
Brennan, whom had been working extremely hard, through a tough training camp regime for the fight, was naturally disappointed at the news.
WKA president, Mr Stuart Beatie, attempted to find a late substitute for the title fight, but was unsuccessful, as no-one was prepared to take on such a prestigious fight at such short notice. It was also hinted that no-one was prepared to take on the dangerous Donegal fighter, full-stop.
Brennan’s coach, Tommy ‘The Ghost’ Mc Cafferty said it was a terrible disappointment for the young Donegal fighter, and also the club, as Brennan had been training extremely hard for the past 8 weeks in preparation for the fight.
Brennan’s tough training regime consisted of being put through his paces by mentor, Mc Cafferty, twice a day, six days a week.
As a result of this, and also the fact that Brennan had successfully made weight, Brennan was deemed ready to fight and unchallenged, so the WKA awarded Brennan the title, because he had fulfilled his side of the contract.
Brennan was crowned WKA Irish Champion, in front of a packed Cookstown venue, where he stated that he would be more than willing to defend the title against any of the top ranked contenders, and hoped to do so at his next home show in Letterkenny, later this year.
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