BURY St Edmunds’ Matt Butcher stole the show as Suffolk Thai boxers thrilled in the town’s first ever professional night of Muay Thai, held at Unit One Gym in Kempson Way.
The gym boasted only two losses from seven fights involving the home fighters, much to the appreciation of the vociferous crowd.
Butcher headlined the Fight Night with a technical display of clashing fight tactics against London’s Leon Rothera.
In a closely-fought contest, Butcher dug deep, landing clean shots against an awkward, spoiling opponent to claim an exciting unanimous decision, leaving the Bury fighter delighted.
“It was a hard fight, but I think a really strong final few rounds won it for me,” he said.
“There was an unbelievable atmosphere and to be fighting in front of such a crowd was a great experience.”
Earlier in the evening, Unit One’s Lucasz Plaszczymaka was awarded a points victory over Jerry Granby from St Neots after dominating with ferocious kicks, while team-mate Mark Plunkett claimed victory against Yeorgos Theodorou from MT8.
Meanwhile, Tom Austin, 18, was unlucky to finish with a draw in his professional debut against the durable Hundson Han of Singto, despite breaking his opponent’s arm.
Reflecting on the evening, Richie Gent, co-owner of Unit One and Fight Night promoter spoke of his delight at the success of their maiden show.
“Our first show couldn’t have gone any better, we had no end of positive feedback from fighters, coaches and spectators,” he said.
“All the Unit One fighters did us proud, they really raised their game to put on a great show for the home crowd.
“The atmosphere was fantastic, boosted by a vocal local crowd and amazing sportsmanship and respect between competitors.
“Massive thanks to all our sponsors and everyone who helped out at the event.”