Belfast’s Gary Hamilton has landed himself another crack at reigning as a world kick boxing champion as his career enters a last-chance saloon.
The 33-year-old - who held the WKN’s featherweight title for several years - and challenged the great Mohammad Samir in an epic encounter at the Ulster Hall in 2005, will return to the city’s historic fight venue in December.
The news of Hamilton’s opportunity to return to the top comes exactly 24 years to the day that his coach, Billy Murray, stunned the sport to defeat Richard ‘The Animal’ Hill for the ISKA world welterweight belt, at the venue.
Hamilton will showdown against the current world champion Daniel Zarha of Malta on December 14, headlining a fight card that will show how Murray’s Prokick Gym has churned out fighters ready to challenge for major amateur and professional titles.
And Hamilton cannot wait to get started.
“This is it for me, the big one.
“I lost my way for a while but over the past 12 months I have worked hard with the belief that this might happen again for me.
“There were times when I wanted to walk away from all the training and the commitment.
“It gets harder and harder as the years takes their toll.
“But I am with the most inspirational coach in the sport, and Billy Murray has made this happen again for me.
“The 2005 fight with Mohammad Samir was an amazing night.
“He was the best in the world at the time and although I was in front in that fight, his true class shone through when it mattered most.
“This time I feel ready; wiser and more prepared for this opportunity, and I intend to make the most of it,” added Hamilton.
The return of the popular KICKmas show to the Ulster Hall, will include Karl McBlain, Darren McMullan and Ursula Agnew.
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