Last Sunday 3rd April saw the Ali MMA and Fit To Fight Kickboxing Showdown take place at Mount Carmel High School in Accrington, with over 150 competitors aged from 6 to 40.

Residents of all backgrounds from all over Accrington and the surrounding areas came together to support family and friends and watch this highly skilled sport take place. With fights taking place from pairs as young as 6 to a retirement tournament for one older and more experienced fighter, there was a real range of skills, backgrounds and ages of all participants.

Competitors as young as 6 took part in the day long tournament
Competitors as young as 6 took part in the day long tournament

The event was held with the aim of bringing the local community together, recognising talent and supporting local people who have a real passion for the sport.

The main fight of the day, which was won by Lucas Stirzaker against Jay Goodwin, was for a WKU British Title. This title belt was presented by official sponsors of the event Mr. Compensator. Other World Kickboxing and Karate Association title belts were also awarded, and trophies were given to all participants.

The event was jointly organised by Ali’s School of Mixed Martial Arts and Fit To Fight. Ali is well known for his work in and around Accrington for hosting his own school of Mixed Martial Arts, a gym which focuses on helping people find a skill in something they enjoy and encourages them to become the best they can be at it regardless of ability level.

Months of planning were put into the event in order to ensure it was a success within the community, and it would appear from the enthusiastic response of Accrington residents that this hard work has certainly paid off!