Akuma FC 5: The Promoter’s Take

Akama Fight Championship’s Steven Moore speaks about the fight card happening this Saturday night. This is The Promoter’s Take.

I am really excited about the talent and some if the fights on this fightcard. It is a big fightcard again and, as always, I try my best to accommodate as many fighters and gyms as much as I can. My main objectives are fighter safety and fighter happiness. I like to ensure that all participants enjoy their experience on the show and are treated well. Being a fighter myself, I know how important this is.

There are two great pro fights and three cracking amateur title fights on the main card supported by a stacked amateur undercard. I am actually excited about all the match-ups on the card if I’m honest. I like to see the undercard fights as much as the main card fights. It’s great to see these guys making the step into the cage (maybe even for the first time) to put all their hard work to the test and sometimes you see great potential.

A select few fights I am excited about.

The main event for the Akuma Pro BW Title between James McErlean and Sean Tobin. Both these guys are super talented in different areas of the game and come from two great camps. It will be interesting to see how James has prepared for Sean’s wrestling and whether Sean can deal with James’s striking and BJJ.

The pro featherweight fight between Niall Smith and Patrick Blight is also exciting. Two local fighters from local gyms, this one could be noisy lol.

Keith McCabe vs. Kiefer Crosbie will also be interesting as they are two highly experienced welterweights with stacks of confidence and always put in great performances.

However, if I was to pick a fight I believe that could be ‘Fight of the Night’ it is the amateur bantamweight title eliminator fight between SBG’s Dylan Tuke and Young Spartan’ Paul Hughes under coach Micky Young. These two lads are ones to watch out for in the future, they are both super talented and have the confidence and self belief to go with it. They are both unbeaten and their coaches believe they are respectively the best BW’s in the country I anticipate fireworks with this one.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors, fans, coaches and the fighters who have supported Akuma and helped us grow for strength to strength, the show would not be a success without them.

I would also like to thank all the officials who do an excellent and professional job to make the show run smoothly and safely. Joe Clifford and his Cutman Team who do an amazing job backstage and cageside. The doctors and paramedics who are always professional and provide safety. The judges who do a fantastic and sometimes difficult job. Referees Jonny Sheils, Dec Larkin and Aiden Marron, easily the best in the business. Of course ‘The Mauler’ Emmett McNally as ring announcer and my fantastic DJ, Brett Kidd, who keeps the crowd entertained throughout the whole event. And a special thanks to the guys back stage and runners who have the show running like clock work they are amazing.

Akuma FC 5 takes place this Saturday night in the Templeton Hotel, County Antrim.

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