Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fight fans in ticket rush for Workington War

By Helen Thompson

WAR in Workington III is set to take to the stage next month, with tickets in high demand for the ultimate fighting experience. And a British title fight could be on the cards to make this event the biggest yet to hit Cumbria. Organiser Mark Hodgson, of Hokushinko Martial Arts Centre is looking for a suitable title opponent to take on Whitehaven fighter Martin Thompson as the main event.

“I am hoping to get Martin a light heavyweight title fight and there is a lot of interest from people wanting to fight in the show,” said Hodgson.

Tickets, priced £20 before the event, or £25 on the night, are already on sale and going well, with nearly all the VIP tables sold out for the March 17 showdown at the Moorclose Sports Centre.

“I am trying to get a top European fighter over as well, the logistics are hard because of where we are but I have been in touch with coaches. “There will also be plenty of locals fighting, along with some from London.”

If anyone wants to buy tickets, they are available from Hokushinko Martial Arts Centre, or from the Sports Centre. The first two War in Workington events were sell-out successes and Hodgson is hoping to have a third on his hands. He had three fighters in action recently at Pegswood, near Newcastle. Craig Dolan won his bout with an arm lock and Andrew Reeves was unlucky not to take the decision in his fight.

Reeves went the full three rounds to go to a decision but the result went the way of the home fighter. Gary Plummer was also in action and was winning the contest at one point but he ran out of steam towards the end and was beaten.


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