SFS VI took place Sunday at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England. The marathon event featured 18 bouts and was streamed on Fite TV. Fabio Reis of Portugal earned a China fight contract for EM Legend by winning the four man 65kg tournament. Nicola Barke won Female 60kg honors with wins over Jo Price and Hannah Turner. In the main event, Nick Samways was too much for challenger Jordan Smith, retaining his WKO Title by second round stoppage.
Nick Samways KO2 Jordan Smith-Retains WKO 79kg Title
Samways was too strong for Smith. The champion hurt Smith in the first round, and then finished him off with some punches in the second. Samways improves to 11-3. Smith suffered his second loss, and his record is now 11-2.
Nicola Barke UD3 Jo Price-Barke wins 60kg Womens Tournament
Barke’s kicking attack led her to victory in the tournament. After Barke seemed to edge the first, Price turned up the pressure with her boxing in round two and landed some good punches. Barke fired back with a couple of head kicks and some punches of her own. Barke landed some good body kicks and leg kicks in the bout, and they seemed to take a toll on Price in the third. Price continued to pressure but her volume dropped and she was outscored. Barke is now 8-1. She said in her post fight interview that she will fight for a world title later this year. Price is now 8-2.
Fabio Reis (POR) MD3 Andy Turland (ENG)-Golden Path to EM-Legend 65kg Tournament Final
Turland, as his custom, brought pressure to the Portugese fighter. Reis picked up his work rate in the second round, and used his quickness, moving after throwing his combos and slipping shots and countering. In the third, Reis stayed in the pocket more. Turland kept coming forward but Reis was outlanding him and Turland couldn’t land the fight changing shot.
Reis gets a China fight contract for EM-Legend and his ledger now stands at 17-5. Turland is 28-1-10.
Bartosz Franik TKO3 Leon Jason-Wins WKO English 82kg Title
Franik was the fresher fighter in round three, and his attack opened up a cut over Jason’s left eye. The cut was checked out and the fight was stopped, giving Franik the TKO win. Franik improves to 8-2-3. Jason is now 2-4.
Charlie O’Neill UD3 Nigel Thomas-77kg Super Fight
Kyron Osborne UD3 Radoi Constantin-60kg Super Fight
After getting hit with some good shots and losing round one, Osborne stated to use more movement and also worked the low kick well en route to a unanimous points win. Osborne events out at 4-1-4 with the win. Constantin is 1-2.
Chris Melhuish KO2 Vasile-77kg Super Fight
The bigger Melhuish wore down his less experienced foe. Vasile started well, cracking Melhuish with a good left hook early and landing a spinning back fist. The Romanian also scored with a couple of low kicks. Melhuish walked him down, throwing body kicks and left hands to the body. Melhuish continued to walk down his opponent, throwing body blows and also using low kicks effectively. Vasile landed a good left hook but Melhuish regrouped. Melhuish kept up his pressure and Vasile went down from a combination of punches and was counted out at the 2:51 mark. Malhuish improves to 14-2-4. Vasile is 4-2.
Anthony Okoli MD3 Danny Sergio-75kg Super Fight
Okoli had the edge in the first round, landing some good shots including low kicks. Sergio had more success in the second as he came forward and it looked like Okoli was getting tired after he spat out his mouthpiece. Okoli was docked a point by the referee after he hit Sergio in the back of the head after a previous warning. The point deduction seemed to energize Okoli, who picked up the pace. In the third, Okoli poured it on with punches and knees, and it looked like Sergio was one shot away from being knocked down. Sergio went down from a knee to the body late in the round. Okoli improves to 10-4. Sergio is now 9-2-5.
James Nichol MD3 Todd Williams-53kg Super Fight
This 53kg battle between two up and coming fighters was well-matched and produced a big cheer from the crowd. Nichols fought from a southpaw stance and landed some big punches. Williams pressured and tried to land jumping knees on his shorter opponent. Nichol’s good work with his hands earned him the win. Nichol is now 3-1. Williams is 6-2.
Jakub Bartnik UD3 Oswald Paprocki-75kg Super Fight
In a hard fought three rounder, Bartnik hammered out a unanimous decision to maintain his unbeaten record. Late in the first round, a Bartnik right hand hurt Paprocki and Bartnik’s follow up led to an eight count. Bartnik got the better of round two, and landed some big shots in round three. The tough Paprocki landed good shots here and there but Bartnik had a clear edge. Bartnik’s record is now 8 wins 3 draws and no losses. Paprocki is 9-2-6.
Jo Price UD3 Laura Rosado-60kg Womens Tournament Semifinal 2
Price came out and put the Portugese visitor on the defensive. Price controlled the bout, pressing the action while Rosado fought off the back foot. Price started to throw the low kick more in the last round. A Price spinning back fist dropped Rosado but she was okay and finished the bout. Price improves to 8-1. Rosado, who made her U.K. debut, is 18-8.
Andy Turland WD3 Thomasz Zdanowski-Golden Path to EM-Legend 65kg Semifinal 2
Going into the bout, Zdanowski only had two bouts on his record compared to almost 40 for Turland. It seemed to be a mismatch. Zdanowski used his quickness to give Turland a battle. Turland is a come forward type of fighter willing to take shots to land his own, and Zdanowski built an early lead throwing quick combinations. Turland’s pace and pressure wore down Zdanowski, and Turland landed some good knees and punches in the last round to get a close win. Turland improved to 28-1-9. Zdanowski is now 1-2.
Nicola Barke UD3 Hannah Turner -60kg Womens Tournament Semifinal 1
Barke, nicknamed “The Burmese Python”, used her height and reach effectively in a dominant unanimous decision victory over the tough Turner. Barke started working an arsenal of kicks, and Turner ate some punches at long range. By round two, Barke was coming forward and Turner was on the defensive. Turner took an eight count after a body shot. Barke continued to press and get the better of the action in the last round. Turner showed her grit but was outgunned. Barke improves to 7-1. Turner is 4-6.
Fabio Reis (POR) UD3 Juri Krivenko-Golden Path to EM Legend: 65kg Semifinal 1
Reis got the better of Krivenko in the first semifinal. Reis is now 16-5. Krivenko slips to 17-7.
Mason Sloan (ENG) def. Raul Silva (POR)-WKO Junior 50kg Title (Junior fighters-headgear and 5 x 1.5 minutes)
Jamil Grant MD3 Curtis Hughes-55kg Kickboxing (3 x 2)
Grant edged Hughes in an exciting bout fought at a fast pace. The shorter Grant applied pressure and Hughes looked to land kicks at a distance. In the second, a Grant right to the body caused Hughes to drop to his knees and put a glove on the canvas for a count. Hughes came out on the attack in the third and rocked Grant with some punches. Grant received an eight count but lasted the round and won a close decision. Grant improves to 3-4. Hughes slips to 5-2.
Ronald Tse UD3 Jasper Smith-64kg (3 x 2, Modified Muay Thai-No Elbows)
“The Machine” Tse spoiled Smiths debut, applying consistent pressure and landing some good punches en route to a unanimous decision win.