After his successful trip South last December, promoter Raj Singh has been keen for FightStar Championship to make a return visit to the Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, in West London. It will be a night very difficult to compete with for entertainment and match-making, but the signs are there already that Singh has no intention of the follow up show being second best. After the initial announcement from The Sprawl MMA media site that Adam Boussif would face Alfie Davis in what should be an aggressive entertaining fight, Addicted OTR followed up with the rematch release between Alan Procter and Bjark Thor Palsson, the previous showing ending in a controversial finish.
Now its time for the headline announcement, and Singh has pulled out all the stops to give his London audience an ending to the evening that all martial arts fans can look forward to.
The headline bout will be a middleweight title fight contested between Sukata MMA’s Kevin Fryer (5-2-0) and London Shootfighters Mike Shipman (9-1-0). And it is a battle that holds great promise.
Kevin Fryer is a man not unfamiliar with pressure, 10 years in the Paras, including 3 tours of Afghanistan, as well as 1 tour of Iraq and another of Northern Ireland, all this before even setting foot inside a cage has helped develop this man into a dangerous fighter. Knock out victory’s have come naturally to him in his career, and two submissions in the professional leagues show that he is well rounded as well. Match ups have not come about easily for Fryer with most refusing to sign on the dotted line, or simply pulling out before fight night, but this time he has an opponent that embraces a challenge of this level.
Mike Shipman is currently on one of the most spectacular win streaks in UK domestic mixed martial arts, in fact it is now 9 fights in a row, every single one of them a finish culminating in his last fight last July against Dom Clark in just 1 round on the London Bellator 158 card. Heavy hands and a horrifying Anaconda choke have served him well as he has paved his way to numerous title wins around the country. Most likely with one eye on a return to Bellator, or even a possibility of donning the UFC colours, Shipman has another high hurdle to overcome in Kevin Fryer, and we at Addicted OTR feel it is a fight well worthy of these two battle scarred warriors.
Thrilled with his latest match-up we caught up with promoter and match-maker Raj Singh who told us:
”I’m really looking forward to this fight! It’s great to have the two of the UK’s best middleweights go head to head for the FSC Middleweight Title. With two big talents on the card, you know that the big promotions will come calling sooner rather than later.”
This echo’s our sentiments exactly, whoever takes this win on April 22nd as well as taking the FSC gold home, surely will get a call from one of the top 2 promotions in the world.
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