WKO European Open Ringsports Championships 2023 23/04/23

Barnsley Metrodome

Well done to our two fighters Billy Brown and Regan Maher who attended this event with Instructor and fighter Jamie Brown.


Billy had a pool of 6 in his K1 Category, and his draw in the Quarter Final was:

Billy Brown v Delano Vugts (GM Gym Holland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ). 15 โ€“ 16 Yrs 69.1 – 72Kg – 2 x 1 Min

This was a closely contested bout between two very evenly matched fighters. The Judges scored it a win to Billy which took him into the semi final.

Semi Final: Billy Brown v Levi Maclena (Budocentrum Chikara Gym Holland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ).

This started off as a fast-paced fight with both fighters throwing fast hands and heavy kicks. Billy wobbled his opponent early on the round with a right hook which saw Levi take a backwards step. Billy pushed forward and caught Levi with a beautifully timed long straight right resulting in a 1st Round KO victory for Billy and now into the final.

Final: Billy Brown v Leon Walters (Contenders gym England ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ).

The KO from Billy’s previous fight stood him in good stead for the final. Leon who is a strong and aggressive fighter did not want to engage, and so this allowed Billy to pick his shots, control the pace and easily out score him with hard hitting punches and kicks. Well done to Billy who is now definitely coming into his own; well deserving of his wins and being the 2023 WKO European K1 Open Champion in the 15โ€“16 Yrs, 69.1-72Kg Category.

Regan had a pool of 2 in her K1 Category so straight into the Final

Regan Maher v Yasmine Belcaid (GM Gym Holland ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ)16โ€“17 Yrs 50.1-54Kgs 2 x 1 Minute.

Both fighters found it hard to get their range in this bout, and as a result spent most of the fight in the clinch. Yasmine landed a few cleaner shots resulting in a majority decision and a loss for Regan.

Billy Brown WKO European Champion April 2023
Billy Brown – 2023 WKO European K1 Open Champion in the 15โ€“16yrs (69.1-72kg)

Billy Brown WKO European Champion with instuctor and fighter Jamie Brown, April 2023
Billy Brown and Jamie Brown