Gary Hamilton Becomes WKN Kickboxing World Champion
Victorious Gary Hamilton (r) and his legendary trainer Billy Murray (l)

The day has come, kickboxing hero out of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Gary Hamilton again becomes the champion of the world.

Hamilton took the fifth round knockout win over Paolo Renna from Belgium and claimed prestigious WKN world title belt last night in Belfast.

The two professional kickboxers, Gary Hamilton and Paolo Renna clashed under Full-Contact rules.

The challenge was a combination of the perfect boxing skills along with outstanding kicking techniques, including rare axe- and spinning back kicks.

Hamilton was mostly dominating throughout all rounds. However, Renna who took the fight on short notice due to a devastating withdrawal of injured Sam Allen, was busy on fire in the fifth, which has probably made him open up and get caught by Hamilton.

With the final verdict, Gary Hamilton became the WKN light-welterweight kickboxing full contact champion of the world. This is the second world-crown for Hamilton since he captured his first world title in France in 2002.

The championship was a headliner of the mega-show ‘Lords of the Ring’ promoted by legendary Billy Murray who is credited to be the man to popularise kickboxing in Ireland.

The fight night was dedicated to a 25-years to date when Billy Murray himself became the World kickboxing champion for the first time, taking the win over American Richard Hill, the man who was meant to be unstoppable back then.

The fight night was attended by Mr Stephane Cabrera, the World Kickboxing Network president who flew to Belfast to assist the event.

The event featured the total SEVEN KNOCKOUT WKN World championship bouts with the leading Northern Irelanders taking on the rest of the World. Complete results are presented below.

Fight Results

WKN Professional Light welterweight world title 64,4kg
Gary Hamilton (Belfast, NI) wins by KO R5 Paolo Renna (Belgium)

WKN Amateur Welterweight world title 66.7 kg / woman
Samantha Robb (Tyrella, NI) wins on points vs Sona ?eredejova (Slovakia)

WKN Amateur Lightweight world title 54.9 kg / woman
Cathy McAleer (Belfast, NI) vs Fadma Basrir (Moroccan French) – Draw. Basrir keeps the belt.

WKN Amateur Lightweight world title 58,5 kg / woman
Ivana Miklašova (Slovakia) wins by KO R1 vs Ursula Agnew (Belfast, NI)

WKN Amateur Light-heavyweight world title 79.4 kg
Alex Ciocoi (Romania-Belfast) wins by split decision vs Mumun Batur (Turkey)

WKN Amateur Middleweight world title 76,4 kg
Darren McMullan (Ballygowan, NI) wins by TKO R4 vs David Washs (Germany)

WKN Amateur Super-welterweight world title 69.9 kg
Johnny Smith (Bangor, NI) wins by KO R2 vs Hakim Ketaieb (France)

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Parviz Iskenderov
Parviz Iskenderov is a muaythai fighter from Perth, Australia. He is a former national champion of Belarus, and also a finalist of IFMA European Cup. He is an editor and journalist at FIGHTMAG. He covers national and world news. Iskenderov is also the WKN (World Kickboxing Network) international coordinator for Australia.