Top fighters turn out at Newton leisure centre

James Grayson (right) of St Helens on his way to victory against Mariusz Brozda
James Grayson (right) of St Helens on his way to victory against Mariusz Brozda
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Fighters from across Europe converged on Selwyn Jones Sports Centre in Newton-le-Willows for a major Muay Thai kick boxing promotion featuring 25 bouts.

Amateur and professional contests were staged at the event - organised by local promotions company Fighting Machines - culminating in a European title fight that saw Portugal’s Rui Botelho edge it from Sam Buruca of Blackpool on a split decision.

Local fighters also appeared on the bill. St Helens’ own David Borland successfully defended his Northern area title by beating David Lucas.

More than 500 kick boxing fans turned up on the day – helping to raise hundreds of pounds for local charity Friends - Play for Disabled Children.

For more information about the event contact Craig Nield on 07932 945436 or go to www.fighting-machines.com