CRAIG JOHNS BREAKS THE FIRST RULE Knock­out Christ­mas card for Aaron’s fans

Sunday Sun - - Boxing -

TICK­ETS are on sale for a huge mixed mar­tial arts events which sees two of the world’s big­gest pro­mo­tions join forces for a Christ­mas party on Ty­ne­side.

BAMMA and Bel­la­tor bring their show to the Metro Ra­dio Arena on De­cem­ber 15.

And the card is al­ready start­ing to take shape, with Ge­ordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers one of the big names con­firmed.

Chalmers has so far had two pro­fes­sional bouts, dis­play­ing just how se­ri­ous he is tak­ing on the sport fol­low­ing a firstround sub­mis­sion win and then a firstround knock­out win.

That knock­out win be­came a huge in­ter­net hit, with Aaron show­ing real skills to set up his op­po­nent for the big fin­ish.

Of­fer­ing pun­ditry on Dave on the night, for­mer world heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion David Haye, who cer­tainly knows a thing or two about big KOs, re­vealed how im­pressed he was.

He said: “There are high­light-reel knock­outs and there are knock­outs like that there.

“He put a clus­ter of punches to­gether that any MMA fighter in the world would be proud of.

“That was a real knock­out. That’s go­ing to be a Youtube sen­sa­tion, with mil­lions of hits.

“That is some­body hav­ing just their sec­ond fight! He steps in with the jab, right hand takes the head out and whips his shoul­der through. Per­fect tech­nique.

“It looked like he was out of range with the left hook, but ob­vi­ously the tim­ing and dis­tance was per­fect. “It doesn’t get any bet­ter than that.” The re­al­ity TV star also con­firmed this week that he has asked the match-mak­ers to find him a step-up op­po­nent for this next bout, with his pre­vi­ous two both be­ing debu­tants.

That’s ex­actly what Aaron needs and he should pro­vide plenty of en­ter­tain­ment on the night, whether you’re in his cor­ner or not.

Mean­while, also con­firmed for the show are North East stars Colin Fletcher and Ryan Scope.

Fletcher is a for­mer UFC: The Ultimate Fighter fi­nal­ist and spent a brief time with the UFC. Since, he’s been a reg­u­lar on both Bamma and Made4TheCage

shows, with his en­ter­tain­ing Aaron Chalmers in ac­tion against Alex Thomp­son in their Septem­ber bout. Chalmers is on the card for New­cas­tle in De­cem­ber style and un­for­get­table cage en­trances pop­u­lar with fans.

Scope, mean­while, is one of the most nat­u­rally gifted mar­tial artists from the re­gion and has been in­volved in the sport for yours – be­ing one the so-called orig­i­nals in the re­gion along­side UFC star Ross Pear­son.

One of the bright­est prospects in the re­gion, Adam Proc­tor, has also signed to ap­pear on the card.

Proc­tor, who trains un­der Alex En­lund at SBG South Shields, is 7-1 so far with his sole de­feat com­ing last Oc­to­ber when he stepped up at Cage War­riors – it was an un­for­tu­nate sec­ond-round de­feat, given that he’d come so close to end­ing it him­self in the first.

Af­ter re­bound­ing with two im­pres­sive wins since, Proc­tor is ready to step up on an­other big stage and show early hype was right.

Mean­while, two for­mer UFC stars are also be­lieved to be ap­pear­ing.

Valerie Le­tourneau (8-6) is a one-time UFC women’s strawweight ti­tle chal­lenger, but signed with Bel­la­tor in April and is hop­ing to re­vi­talise her ca­reer at fly­weight.

Michael McDon­ald is 17-4 and has joined Bel­la­tor af­ter a fall­ing out with UFC of­fi­cials.

BAMMA CEO David Green said: “Af­ter a bumper 2017, we look for­ward to sign­ing off the year with a mas­sive event.

“Some fa­mil­iar BAMMA faces along­side some ex­cit­ing new sign­ings will bring a night of top-flight MMA to the al­ways ap­pre­cia­tive, noisy New­cas­tle crowd. If the way the shows have been build­ing al­ready this year are any­thing to go by, this will be one to en­joy.”

Tick­ets for what should be a fan­tas­tic night of mixed mar­tial arts ac­tion are on sale now from www.tick­et­mas­ter.co.uk.

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