Billy Murray promotes the ProKick roadshow Back ‘n’ Ards on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Queen’s Hall in Newtownards, Northern Ireland.
Belfast based home of champions the ProKick Gym is on the way to North Down and Ards district. The team governed by Billy Murray installs the WKN all Ireland championship. The event is dedicated to the rise of a new kickboxing breed. Kids as young as six years old have an opportunity to climb through the ropes in a well controlled light contact event. The bonus is the adult main event with light welterweights Michael Swann and Cathal Dunne battling out for a prestigious WKN belt. In addition the event truly breaks the borders. The team from Malta features in the card topping up the bill of international kickboxing.
Murray staged over 125 shows during the last 35 years. He is also an inventor of such famous names as Kickboxing Mania and Kickmas, just to name a couple.
The promotion of the event in Newtownards is certainly special for him.
“We haven’t staged an event in County Down for over ten years as most of our home shows have been set in Belfast, but that’s about to change,” says the all-time Ireland’s most successful Full Contact kick-boxer Billy Murray.
“I’ve had a long and successful Kickboxing and Martial Arts career in Newtownards. I trained and taught at the first Ju-Jutsu club in Ards with Sensei Davy Gracey in the early 80’s. I then opened a Thai-Jutsu, and kickboxing club in Pound St for nearly a decade.
The man credited with helping popularizing the sport throughout Ireland, Billy Murray earned four world titles in four different weight classes.
“That’s where [County Down] I trained fighters and myself to win my first amateur and professional world titles.”
“I also fought for Bobby Hamilton’s winning Newtownards team, winning the Northern Ireland Karate championships in the mid 80’s.
As a trainer Murray has built over fifteen world champions, including the current amateur title holders Johnny Smith and Samantha Robb. His number one protege is eminent Gary Hamilton. Indeed, the ProKick fighters traveled the entire world, showcasing their skills at such unique places as Corsica island, for example. We also see the fighters originally made-in ProKick, competing here in Australia. Barrie Oliver is prominently fighting out of Riddlers Gym and Darren McMullan represents Kao Sok.
“Hundred’s of fighters have passed through ProKick’s doors, over the years, with many talented competitors coming from County Down.”
Prokick Roadshow Back ‘n’ Ards comes to Queens hall – Newtownards, Northern Ireland on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Doors open at 2:00 pm with the first bout starting at 2:30 pm. Tickets available at Prokickshop.com.