International kickboxing returns to Northern Ireland on June 23 with the next “made-in Prokick” event presented by Billy Murray at Clayton Hotel in Belfast. Top of the fight-bill features local Johnny “Swift” Smith up against Korean Lee Ji Hoon in the scheduled for five rounds championship bout for WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title.
Three other international competitors have been added to the card this week. The list includes the representatives of Iran Saeed Moradiin, Alireza Ekhtiyari and Salman Shariati facing off opponents in their respective weight classes.
“They were called the ‘Immortals’ Persian Warriors. It was during two phases of the Persian Empire, that the immortals were called upon to strike fear into their foes. Looking at these three throw-backs, is it any wonder the Immortals were feared,” reads the announcement on Prokick.com. “The Persian warriors are: L-R, Saeed Moradiin, Alireza Ekhtiyari and Salman Shariati who all will be in kickboxing action at the Clayton hotel Belfast on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019.”
Shariati meets Irish Brandon Morrisey in the 75 kg catchweight bout, which serves as a co-headliner of the show. Ekhtiyari faces Dylan Parsons, also representing Ireland, in the 64 kg contest. Moradiin is yet to be matched for his 85 kg bout.
Among other bouts featured on the card the representative of the country-host Rowena Bolt takes on Chloe Quinn of Ireland. The women’s kickboxing bout is scheduled for three rounds at catchweight with the limit of 50 kg. The current lineup can be found below.
Prokick: Back at the Clayton
Welterweight Johnny Smith vs. Lee Ji Hoon
75 kg Salman Shariati vs. Brandon Morrisey
65 kg Shane Weir vs. Cathal Dunne
66 kg Mickey Shield vs. Aubrey Tarr
50 kg Rowena Bolt vs. Chloe Quinn
80 kg Reza Davies vs. David McCormack
64 kg AliReza Ekhtiyari vs. Dylan Parsons
-100 kg Jonathan McIlveen vs. Stuart Hacket
60 kg Jay Snodden vs. Kirill Eagan
63 kg James Braniff vs. Ryan Wallace
56 kg Lewis Craig vs. Leon Fitzgearld
85 kg Saeed Moradiin vs. TBA
56 kg Grace Goody vs. TBA (Juniors)
58 kg Adam Braniff vs. TBA (Juniors)
50 kg Lucy McConnell vs. TBA
60 kg Lewis Kirk vs. TBA
63 kg Max Nixon vs. TBA (Juniors)