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Rumble delights MECA crowd at Swindon Fightclub show
5:30am Thursday 19th December 2013 in Sport
LUKE Rumble claimed a popular victory in the headline bout at the recent Swindon Fightclub event at the MECA.
Rumble saw off the challenge of another local favourite, Jesse McGowan, with two blitzkrieg rounds of boxing which left McGowan unable to emerge for round three.
“I was over the moon about winning,” said Rumble.
“He’s a very, very tough fighter, he’s really strong and he’s got a couple of massive hands on him.
“You don’t want to be hit by them too often.
“I couldn’t have done it without having a lot of my mates there, who came back from working away and all over the place to support me on the night.
“Now I’ll just carry on training and see where I go. I’m not sure what comes next.”
In the other stand-out fight of the night, Shawn Grant took the win thanks to a judge’s verdict against Jamie Horn.
Horn only had a matter of hours to prepare for the fight, standing in as a late replacement to challenge Grant after Danny Brennan pulled out, but held his own during a pulsating contest.
In the much-publicised women’s bout between Bec Connolly and Toni Sherwood, Connolly quickly tired out her opponent and Sherwood was unable to take to the ring for round two.
In a night full of upsets, Adam Little made a winning start to his Fightclub career with success on debut in an MMA confrontation with Kane Sherwood.
Despite having his nose broken by Little midway through the fight, Sherwood battled through the entire contest.
Darren Jones caused an upset in his clash with Carl Tatum, with ‘Chippy’ working his way to a hard-fought victory which went the distance.
Wes Clark took the fight to Rich Loveday in the opening round of their bout and looked on top going into the second session, but Loveday’s experience told and he fought back to stop Clark with a body shot in the second round.
West Swindon’s Ryan Tancock looked in excellent condition during his one-sided victory over Mike Basson.
Tancock caught his opponent with a massive right hand in the first round, dropping Basson to the canvas, and after several standing eight counts in the second the referee called time on the fight.
Phil Williams will now have to consider his future after outboxing Dave Gregory in style.
Williams could take a big amateur fight in the new year but the option of turning pro must be tempting for him.
Tommy McCulloch looked a force to be reckoned with as he stopped late stand-in Scotty Thompson in round two. Thompson had withstood a barrage from McCulloch early on but eventually succumbed to a flurry of punches.
Luke Hambridge took just 56 seconds to see off the experience Gav Wilson.
An army veteran, Wilson boasted a huge reach advantage but Hambridge’s right hand decided the fight.
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