A quickfire win for Grovehill’s Ed Arthur

Edward Arthur.
Edward Arthur.

Mixed Martial Arts

A rising fighter exceeded even his own ever confident expectations when he knocked out his opponent less than two minutes into the first round of his debut professional fight.

Grovehill’s Ed Arthur – well-known for his confident preductions before stepping into the cage – admitted that even he was surprised. “I knew I was going to finish him, I just didn’t think it would be so quick,” said the 23-year-old scaffolder. “To be honest I thought it would probably go to the second round. It was a good day.”

Arthur, who started training in mixed martial arts around three years ago under coach Denniston Sutherland, faced Jamie Pritchard at the Shock‘n’Awe show in Portsmouth. He finished the bout in 1min 51secs with knees and punches to the face.

The former Cavendish schoolboy, who is sponsored by the Billy Dove Memorial Fund, Get Built and Impact LPA, puts his success down to training hard and visiting several clubs to hone his skills, covering wrestling, boxing and ju jitsu. “It is stopping me from being average,” said Ed. “I have noticed in the last few months that I have got so much better.”

His ambition is to make it to the Ultimate Fighting Championship – the largest promoter of mixed martial arts in the world.

“I have got some big plans over the next year or two,” said Ed, who revealed he hopes to be stepping into the cage to claim titles from more experienced fighters.

He hopes to be fighting again in October and is also booked to do battle in London this December.