Hats off to Amir Subasic and Paul Palcic who created the spectacular Superfight Series show last Sunday at St. Albans Arena. Some rave reviews are cropping up on Facebook for its impeccable organisation and impressive line up of fights.
This is not the kind of show that can be organised overnight, it takes months of preparation to succeed so I decided to take a sneaky look in early on Sunday to see it all coming together and find out what really goes on behind the scenes of a big event like this.
I know Amir and Paul would agree that it’s the strength of the team which helps pull a show like this together and when I got there it was buzzing with an army of volunteer helpers behind the scenes including a glove man and several runners to escort the fighters to the wings and from the ring. Paul Lonergan was in charge of the overall operations and logistics for the night and everyone seemed relaxed and excited to get going without a single sign of panic in sight.
It was remarkably chilled. The venue staff were milling around organising security and stocking up in the bar (although I did hear we drunk them dry of draught beer!) and the DJ was getting the music in order for the fighter’s entrances.
In the main arena, a large screen stretched across the back of the stage ready to replay the highlights; the ring was almost up, the sound was being plugged in, the lights tested, food preparation was underway in the kitchen and the fight card timings already finalised. All that remained was the laying of the tables for the final touches to the event.
By this time the fighters had already started arriving. Each fighter was given an area in the basement to make sure they had the space to warm up, attend the rules meeting and complete their medical checks. There was a job to be done and all the fighters and coaches were calm, confident and focused.
When the doors opened at 2pm, the ring girls were ready and the fighters were waiting in the wings as the spectators headed for their seats.
The arena was packed, the atmosphere electric as the crowd roared their support and admiration, win, lose or draw. Backstage the fights were kept on schedule, the TV and video production team maintained the live stream across Europe whilst the medics were kept on their toes with the phenomenal number of KO’s struck that night.
An incredible night of achievement on many levels including our Storm Gym fighters:
Nathan Ross – decision win against Chris Vandy.
Rafal Gorka – round 1 KO V Marcel Adeyemi in tournament qualifier but unfortunately received round 2 KO from Vinny Church in the final.
Curtis Hughes – decision win against Paul Lucas.
George Davies – very narrow decision loss (one point) to Thomas Daniel.
Imanol Rodriguez – round 1 KO against Jake Barton.
Our Greek friend Alexander Gerekos – round 1 KO against Karl Johnston.
Giannis Skordilis – decision win against Kerrith Bhella and is now the UK No.1 contender.
Special mention also go to the title winners on the night:
Luke Portainer – picking up the 63.6KG WKA English Title by way of KO in the 3rd round against Farren Church.
Mo Abdurahman – picking up the WKA Welterweight British Title by way of KO in the 3rd round against Babafemi Akinande.
Anthony Fergusson – winning Leif Taggart’s WKA Super lightweight British title by decision after a 5 round war.
Kevin Ward – collected yet another World Title (WKA 81Kg) by decision from the portugese fighter Paulo Barradas.
The respect and camaraderie between fighters & coaches of this standard shone through together with the professionalisim of the organisers & production crew meaning its no wonder fans who attended are hailing it as the best K1 event in the UK to date.
Storm Gym, Luton