Warrior Fight Series returns to York Hall this coming weekend for WFS 6 which is headed up by a Featherweight Title fight between Champion Daniel Crawford and undefeated Frenchman Kams Ekpo. Also on the card Dominic Wooding and Lionel Moreno compete for the Flyweight Strap and three Amateur Titles are also on the line.
So with the card fast approaching we look at five key reasons you need to get yourself down to York Hall on Saturday night and enjoy some excellent UK fights;
The Black Panther is gunning for the gold
In my eyes Dominic Wooding is one of the hottest prospects in the UK and the Flyweight Fighter gets a chance to put a belt around his waist this weekend. Wooding is fighting late replacement, Lionel Moreno, who like Wooding is also undefeated in his professional career. For me what sets Wooding apart from a lot of guys is just how much time and experience he gained during his amateur career and he learnt some real good lessons during those bouts. It has made him so much more confident about himself in his professional career which to date has been flawless, with both wins coming via knee under the Warrior Fight Series banner. Wooding really has a great opportunity to make a name for himself with Warrior Fight Series and you just can’t help but feel that this man has a very bright future in the sport.
Some top class Amateurs looking to steal the show
The promotion have got some of the top Amateurs in the UK on the card with the likes of Charlie Howard & Aidan James being two to definitely keep an eye on. Harry has really invested time to focus on the amateur fighters and offer them the opportunity to polish their skills in York Hall in front of a receptive crowd. Many of these amateur fighters have team mates who also fight on the cards which make it easier in ways for them to get used to the surroundings and have that support behind them. Charlie Howard and Aidan James are two of the most experienced amateurs on the UK scene and I don’t think it will be long before we see either of these men make a switch to the professional rankings.
Meeks faces unpredictable test
This for me is a really dangerous bout for Meeks who after this fight is scheduled to compete on the Bellator London card. He is taking on Kes Mamba and on paper should get his hand raised, BUT, Mamba is a very dangerous opponent for anyone and don’t let his record fool you. Whilst looking at his 7-19 record you may instantly discredit him, but just ask his last two WFS opponents how they went for them. Mamba has a very awkward style and is a very unpredictable opponent, whilst Meeks is the more traditional striker who has honed his skills across the board to bring to the cage the complete package. You definitely shouldn’t sleep on this fight and whilst most will expect Meeks to win, you can never count out Mamba, especially in York Hall.
Ekpo looking to dethrone Crawford
Daniel Crawford is the current WFS Featherweight Champion but he will be defending his belt for the first time against undefeated Frenchman Kams Ekpo and this is a great main event for the promotion. Crawford hasn’t competed for the promotion since winning the belt in February 2015 and has gone 1-1 with other local shows since his last appearance and will be keen to get back to winning ways on Saturday night. His opponent Ekpo is making his debut and the Team Titan based Featherweight is keen to maintain his undefeated record. For me Ekpo has been one to watch for a while and so I am unsurprised that he is coming in on his debut and fighting for the gold, but you can definitely argue that he hasn’t fought anyone like Crawford yet and this makes for a really intriguing bout.
Quality over quantity
The card hosts a total of nine bouts which includes one K1 bout and eight MMA bouts which in my eyes is a good number of fights for the promotion. There is no right or wrong in terms of how many bouts to put on a show but in my eyes we do sometimes see too many fights and in my eyes that sometimes takes away from all the fighters on the show as they get swallowed up by such a huge fight card. I know there were some injuries suffered on this card which is probably the main driver behind the reduced fight card but Harry and his team have done a great job on ensuring that quality overcomes quantity and I think on paper have one of their most solid cards yet.