Fighters get kick out of being best

FIGHT ON ....  For  Major Kickboxing event  in South Tyneside  left  Paul Greves  and  Steve East  and Stuart Roper
FIGHT ON .... For Major Kickboxing event in South Tyneside left Paul Greves and Steve East and Stuart Roper
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FIGHTS promoters have joined forces to host a kickboxing event that’s the talk of the martial arts world.

Extreme Full Contact (EFC) is now in its sixth year, and is attracting competitors from across the UK, all keen to step into the ring to compete for a range of titles.

The event was started by Paul Grieves, from Spartan Fighting Arts Academy, in Sunderland, and Steve East from Kuei-Ling Martial Arts, in South Shields, as a way of bringing prestige to the sport.

Since then, interest in the events has grown and every year fighters compete in front of sell-out crowds.

This year, the event will be staged at the Nissan Sports and Social Club, in Washington Road, Sunderland, on October 20 after a request from Wearside fans.

Organisers hope the event will once again be a hit.

Steve said: “There had been a reluctance to move fighting events away from social clubs as people didn’t think big venues would sell out, but we have proven they can as year on year the EFC events get bigger and better. We are attracting not only fighters, but spectators from across the UK.

“The event is also gaining a lot of recognition and we have also had our shows featured on Sky.”

The event in the past has been held at Temple Park Centre and organisers have already booked a date for next year to return to the centre in South Shields.

The night, hosted by Brian Houshby, will feature more than 20 fights including Gary Bell taking on Geoff Brown for the North East Professional Title.

Former world champion Andy Burton will also be making a comeback to take on Micky Worswick in a full contact bout.

Fighters so far confirmed include those from South Shields, Sunderland, Blyth, Scotland, Blackburn and Middlesbrough.

The event is being sponsored by Armageddon Fit Training Academy, in Southwick.

Owner of the academy Stuart Roper, who will also be fighting on the night, said: “I have taken part in the EFCs in Temple Park before and I have taken part in a lot of shows around the country and these events are by far the biggest and best.”

Tickets are available by contacting Paul on 07971 467 989, Steve on 07946 389 945 or Bodyzone in Sunderland on 567 5155.

Information can also be found by visiting www.facebook.com/#!/efckickboxing.northeast.

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