Hot off the shoes of #BAMMA23 the promotion are now moving quickly towards their next event in February 2016 in Dublin, Ireland.
With a list of bouts already announced the promotion has in recent days released four more bouts for the show which are likely to boost the preliminary portion of the card. The four additional bouts are;
Sinead Kavanagh Vs Kerry “Rocksteady” Hughes
Mark Andrew Vs Patrick Wixted
Rhys McKee Vs Paul Lawrence
Will Fluery Vs Thomas Hogan
Contributor to #WHOATV, Kerry “Rocksteady” Hughes makes her promotional debut after recently announcing her signing with the promotion. Hailing from the Semtex gym in Essex, Hughes previously spent her camps at BKK Fighters training alongside the likes of Jack Mason, Arnold Allen and Luke Barnatt to name a few. She is taking on a very tough opponent in Sinead Kavanagh who made her BAMMA debut at BAMMA 22 and scored a sensational highlight reel win.
Ahead of BAMMA 24 a very respectful Hughes commented, “I’ve watched Kavanagh’s fights with great interest, I’m looking forward to this contest immensely, she’s a tough opponent and her hands are fast, hard and fluid. I don’t know much about her previous opponents, but I know this…I’ve fought some of Europe’s finest ladies and never been stopped yet. BAMMA 24 can expect fireworks on Feb 27th.”
The one bout jumping out at me that has been added is Hughes Vs Kavanagh which I think could bring some fireworks. Kavanagh made a huge statement in her professional debut and has been very active in the last year, competing six times which could play a factor in this bout. Hughes has not fought since June 2014 which saw her pick up a TKO win over Amanda Kelly in a very tough back and forth fight which Hughes was able to out strike Kelly and eventually stop her. Whilst Hughes has more professional experience these two both have six bouts under their collars and a huge opportunity in this one. I think regardless of outcome one thing we can be certain of in this one is an exciting bout with two women who are looking to make a big statement on one of Europe’s biggest stages.
It’s very encouraging to see BAMMA signing new women to the roster and I am excited to see how they look to grow the roster further. It’s still very early days but I think that by putting on Women’s bouts on each show will definitely help to not only keep the current roster active but also attract potential targets and really help to build up the division. Its historically been tricky to run a women’s division in Europe given the very limited availability of women combatants compared to our American counterparts.