Saturday September 24th sees the return of Wolverhampton’s Golden Ticket Promotions. With this being their third event, you can rightly say that they’ve progressed from ‘fledgling’ status to ‘established’; with a proposed fight card which solidifies that statement. Promoters Adrian and Dan Cassell, the father/son combo, are treating us to six, yes that’s right, six title fights, with two further title eliminators, as they go about building their own promotional stars and creating the conveyor belt of opportunities for their loyal athletes.
Headlining the bill will be the heavyweight title slobber-knocker between Luke Morton and Rob Beech. Morton comes into this bout with an unbeaten 2-0 record, having spent an entire 37 second in the cage so far in his career. He knocked out Kristian Bircher on Punch Up Promotions after 30 seconds of his professional fighting debut and followed up by dispatching Dion Groombridge in an unbelievable 7-seconds at Combat Challenge last month. His confidence is sky high as he looks to secure his first piece of silverware against HAMMA’s Rob Beech (3-1). Beech, after a professional debut loss to Nick Barno in February 2015, hasn’t since looked back having secured three consecutive wins within a minute himself; beating Andrew Thompson by KO after 22 seconds, Andrzej Bachorz by rear naked choke after 44 seconds and Adrian Rusek by TKO after 45 seconds. If history teaches us anything, this fight will be dazzling, it will end quick and it will be the perfect finale for the patrons on the night.
Supporting the main billing will be five amateur belt battles as GTP have silverware for a flyweight, a featherweight, a lightweight, a middleweight and a heavyweight to go home with. Perhaps the pick of the bunch is the flyweight title between incumbent champion, Birmingham’s Jake Hadley (5-1) and the Dane, Jon Ostergaard (8-0). Submission expert ‘Dangerous’ Jake has been making a name for himself on the UK MMA circuit, picking up wins on Budo, Shinobi and most recently taking an impressive scalp in the infinitely more experienced Warren ‘Tank’ Mason on Fightstar 6 in May. Ostergaard is known in Scandinavia for his aggressive and dynamic striking. The Dane pushes forward at every opportunity, pressuring his opponents into leaving gaps, which he exploits with unerring accuracy.
In all, Golden Ticket Promotions have 17 bouts for their patron’s viewing pleasure. The card looks like this:
Pro HW title: Luke Morton (2-0) vs Rob Beech (3-1)
Pro MW bout: Ole Magnor (1-2) vs Nathias Frederick (1-2)
Pro LHW bout: Rich Deakin (1-0) vs Jan Lysak (1-3)
Pro WW bout: Louis Glismann (0-0) vs Jake Constantinou (0-0)
AM HW title: Scott Trelford (4-1) vs Michael Younis (6-2)
AM WW title: George McManus (3-1) vs Jamie Gurney (2-3)
AM FLW title: Jon Ostergaard (8-0) vs Jake Hadley (c) (5-1)
AM FW title: Scott Wells (3-1) vs Jordan Vucenic (4-1)
AM MW title: Will Jones (4-2) vs Fabian Edwards (7-0)
AM LHW bout*: Ash Fletcher (3-4) vs Luke Brookes (1-1)
AM FW bout: Lewis Wood (1-0) vs John Tunnicliffe (0-0)
AM LW bout*: Ashley Walters (3-5) vs Jonas Skov (3-1)
AM WMMA catch: Helen Copus (2-0-1) vs Chlow Spiteri (0-1-0) – 63kg
AM LHW bout: George Williams (1-0) vs Rhino Daley (0-1)
AM FLW bout: Reece Street vs Ryan Hewitt (0-2)
AM FW bout: John Tunniclife (0-0) vs Cain Thomas (1-0)
AM BW bout: Principe Nsilulu (0-0) vs Myles Richard (0-0)
Key: * = Elimination bout
Golden Ticket Promotions 3 takes place at the Diamond Banqueting Suite, Skinner Street, Wolverhampton. Doors open at 5:00pm, with the first bout expected to take place at 6:00pm. A limited number of tickets are still available from here.