Fight Night is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the University calendar. Students packed into the Union’s Venue last Thursday to watch 16 of the city’s hardiest souls go toe to toe. Sports editor Calum Wilson breaks the first rule of fight club, by talking about fight club.
The ambiance, if you can call it that, of the Union leading up to the start of Fight Night was one of tension, anticipation and a disturbing calm before the inevitable storm. The crowd streamed in dressed to the nines, looking more like they were about to sit down at a dodgy Italian restaurant than witness the ensuing chaos. The ice buckets on the ‘vip’ tables surrounding the ring, full of three litres of vodka should’ve been a clue.
“The crowd streamed in dressed to the nines, looking more like they were about to sit down at a dodgy Italian restaurant than witness the ensuing chaos”
The order of play for the evening would see 8 fights, decided over a best of 3 rounds, with a fourth round in the event of a tie. The honour of warming up the crowd fell to Dan “The Dad Bod” Dickens in the red corner and Chris “The Molaman” Short, in the blue.
The Molaman flew out of the traps and looked tidy and in control from the start, with Dickens struggling to land any significant blows in the first round. In the third, Short finally made his move, knocking Dickens onto his arse and leaving The Dad Bod starring up in desperation.
“Mble danced his opponent around the ring, landing hit after hit on the battered Guv’nor”
Fight two saw Johnny “Fucking” Bullman take on Callum “the canister” Kossler. Kossler looked in trouble from the off, shout of “hands up” from his trainers went unheard. The Bullman made light work of the canister, knocking him out at the end of the first round.
Next up into the ring, Muzi “The Monster” Mble faced up against Sam “The Guv’nor” Sims. Mble danced his opponent around the ring, landing hit after hit on the battered Guv’nor. In the end, Sims’ corner threw in the towel mid way through the 2nd round.
After a brief break, NUAFC’s Allan Owen and Andy “Chopper” Chang produced the fight of the night. Owen, “The Black Mamba”, looked full of energy and dodged a few well-placed right hooks from Chang, to take the first round, briefly knocking his rival to the deck in reply.
The crowd, finally witnessing an even bout, reached a new volume and the atmosphere was tense as the judges conferred. Owen was awarded the win to the delight of his adoring fans, but Chang was evidently graceful in defeat after the epic battle.
Owen spoke of his win in the dressing room afterwards, “I’m absolutely chuffed, I’ve never had a feeling like that. When the crowd starting cheering my name, I said to myself, you’ve got one chance at this, fucking go for it.”
In the 5th fight, Will “The Shark” Clark fired in some crucial second round punches to take the edge over Alex “I’m sorry Ms” Jackson. As the fight wore on, Jackson struggled to lift his head and the victory was Clark’s.
“The penultimate bout was arguably the most dramatic. Eddie “I’ve got a Semi” Harrop left the viewers in suspense with a lengthy walk-on, before going all the way to a 4th round”
Match-up number 6 saw Jake “Won’t break” Leighton ease past Jordan “The Cinderella Man” Scudder. The fight was eventually stopped by the ref in the second round, after Cinderella struggled to make the shoe fit.
The penultimate bout was arguably the most dramatic. Eddie “I’ve got a Semi” Harrop left the viewers in suspense with a lengthy walk-on, before going all the way to a 4th round with Will “I’ll fix it” Fordham. The judges eventually awarded Fordham the victory, sparking a mass brawl behind Harrop’s corner, which the bouncers struggled to control.
“The final fight went the distance, but in the end there was only one winner as a steely-eyed Angus “Razor” Ross outclassed Ed “Put you to bed” Stonehill”
After temporarily switching on the lights to allow the culprits of the scuffle to be escorted out of the building, the entertainment resumed. The final fight went the distance, but in the end there was only one winner as a steely-eyed Angus “Razor” Ross outclassed Ed “Put you to bed” Stonehill.
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