More success for Lancaster fighters on Preston fight night

The Kaizen Academy team at the UK Fighting Championships show in  Preston. Picture: Laura Jenney Photography
The Kaizen Academy team at the UK Fighting Championships show in Preston. Picture: Laura Jenney Photography

A Lancaster mixed martial arts gym enjoyed more success on a big show in Preston.

Kaizen Academy had four fighters in action at UK Fighting Championships 3 at the city’s Guild Hall and came away with mixed results.

There were wins inside the distance for Jack Townson-Hughes and Joe Kearns but Jordan Kearns was stopped in the early exchanges of his fight and Dan Hope lost a controversial split decision.

Jordan Kearns was first up and on the back of a strong training camp went into his contest with Aaron Egan full of confidence but he was caught and stopped early.

Townson-Hughes put in a standout performance and came away with a first-round submission win.

Facing karate black belt Mikey Boden after a late switch the Kaizen fighter showed off all his skills to come out victorious thanks to a standing rear naked choke.

Joe Kearns finished his opponent in the second round with a highlight reel knockout, his second in as many fights.

He faced a tough, composed opponent in Will Welch but showed some excellent head movement, stance switching and kicks in the first round before opening up with his hands in the second round and finishing the match with a rear left overhand that planted his opponent on the mat.

Hope was unlucky to come out on the wrong side of his fight with veteran Dez Parker.

The Lancaster fighter was on top in the first round and after a more even second round the third was an all-out war.

In the end Parker had his hand raised when many thought Hope might get the nod.