CARPENTER Reece Watson stepped into the ring for the first time in more than a year for a professional kickboxing bout.
The 34-year-old, who fights out of Hemel Martial Arts, knocked down Steve Dossett in the first round.
The bout, held at Liquid and Envy nightclub in Luton on Sunday, went the full three rounds before the judges declared the contest a draw.
Both competitors were praised by the commentator for their high standard of fighting. The pair plan to face each other again in the ring.
Also representing Hemel Martial Arts was 22-year-old Edward Arthur who competed in his first boxing match.
The scaffolder who has had success as a mixed martial arts fighter in the cage was knocked down in the second round by Am-e Rahman from TS Kickboxing.
They battled it out for three rounds before Rahman was declared the winner.
Speaking afterwards Arthur said: “I had a good fight but he was just the better man. He had more power than me. Fair’s fair.”
Coach Denniston Sutherland said: “Both of the fights were really hard and exciting. They showed good heart. All I ask of my fighters is that they give 100 per cent.” Also competing on the night were four young fighters from Britannia Kickboxing. They were Shane Bernhauser, 21, from Abbots Langley, Terry Funnell, 21, from Hemel Hempstead, Zac Bowman, 22, from Kings Langley, and Wally Gibbs, 32, from Berkhamsted.
> Sutherland, known as Mad Max in the cage, will fight Andrew Punshon for the British Middleweight title in Sunderland on Saturday.
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