Jon wins world kickboxing title

PUBLISHED: 14:43 21 December 2011

Jon Edge with title belt.

Jon Edge with title belt.


Portishead’s Jon Edge defeated Frenchman Ara Akaponian to win the WRSA world heavyweight professional title.

JON Edge from Portishead was the co-main event of the evening, fighting for the WRSA world heavyweight professional title against Ara Akaponian of Weits Gym, France.

The bout was set for 12 two minute rounds and as anticipated, Akaponian came out swinging in the first round looking for the quick finish. The second round saw Edge land some heavy punches and kick combinations and some trademark roundhouse kicks.

Nothing seemed to phase Akaponian, despite taking some heavy shots he kept marching forward looking for the big punch. The following eight rounds went a similar way with Edge controlling the fight.

With two rounds to go, Akaponian came out with a last attempt to find the knockout, but Edge held out to win a unanimous decision and becoming the world heavyweight champion

The other co-main event was Sean Edwards of Lawrence Weston fighting Aryum Chamun of Weits Gym for the super middleweight world pro title.

Sean found his rhythm from the opening bell, completely dominating all the rounds until the fourth, when the referee decided stopped the fight and Sean took the title.

Other Highlander fighters on the bill were Ryan Edmunson, who won the middleweight world amateur K1 style world title. Toyah Chapman of Portishead fought for the women’s south west area title and came a way with a draw. A re-match is currently being arranged

Jim Hare of Nailsea won the English pro light heavyweight title and James Price won the light heavyweight amateur Celtic title.

Thanks go to trainer Mike O’Conner who did a quality job prepping all the individual fighters and to sponsors Point Break Tattoos of Portishead and Diablo Pallet Recycling in Clevedon.

Highlander Kickboxing train at the Portishead dojo Wednesdays (children 5.30-6.30pm and adults 6.30-8pm.

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