Callaghan becomes dual organisation champion at Origins 8
It was a huge night of anticipation as the main event saw Perth town favourite son Daniel “The Rock” Dawson taking on all time Aussie great “The Gunslinger” John Wayne Parr in the main event of Origins 8 Friday October 14 at herb Graham in Mirrabooka. A star studded black tie crowd flocked to see their third and what would be their third and final encounter with an action packed undercard in support.
Champions Gym Fight Team (CGFT) had four of their best in the line up with current Female WMC Lightweight state champion Victoria Callaghan stepping in challenging for the WBC Muaythai State title held by Alice Becklake from Country Muaythai (Bullsbrook), new team addition Millad “The Monster” Farzad took on Jake Lund from Queenslandin the rematch, whilst Jimmy Grey and Charlie Diggins opened the night in the opening bouts.
Callaghan, with a record of 5-2-0 was aiming at making history for Champions Gym to be the first ever fighter to win and hold dual state title status of two different organisations. This was Alice Becklake’s first defence since winning the title against Saskia Vaughan in May. The bout started furiously as Becklake pushed the pressure with unorthodox punches and kicks from different angles, Callaghan known for her speed and finesse found her range and timing with some well timed roundhouse kicks to the body followed by straight punches that landed and snapped Becklake’s head back. As the rounds wore on Becklake would continue to be relentless surging forward with fierce attack only to struggle to find her targets and be counter fought by Callaghan. Becklake was always a threat throughout the five rounds although in desparation and multiple failed attempts at spinning attacks Callaghan would prevail in accuracy, landing a majority of the shots thrown at her targets.
At the final bell it was a unanimous judges’ decision that crowned Victoria Callaghan the new WBC Muaythai State Champion and made her the first ever Muay Thai fighter at Champions Gym to hold current dual Champion status of different organisations.
In other results:
- Bout 1: Jimmy Grey win via unanimous points decision over Craig Bovill
- Bout 2: Zero to Hero – Eddie King V Scott Turnball – Draw
- Bout 3: Alic Jones wins via split decision over Charlie Diggins
- Bout 4: Zero to Hero – Anthony Macri via majority decision over Jason Harris
- Bout 5: Luke Read win via unanimous points over Richard Lockett
- Bout 6: WBC Muaythai State Title – Victoria Callaghan via unanimous decision over Alice Becklake
- Bout 7: Alex Amoroso wins via unanimous points over Jeremy Firth
- Bout 8: Jake Lund unanimous points decision over Millad Farzad
- Bout 9: John Wayne Parr unanimous points decision over Daniel “The Rock” Dawson
Champions Gym would like to say a big thank you to it’s loyal supporters who turned out in force, the cheer squad “The Blue Army” and it’s major sponsor Subzero Recovery – Scott Dryland. Without you, nine of this would be possible.
Photographs by Brock Doe Fight Photography