Gary Hamilton faces Douglas Morrison at Lord of the Ring in Belfast
Belfast kickboxer Gary Hamilton faces Douglas Morrison of Scotland in the headliner of Lord of the Ring 2019

Gary Hamilton faces Douglas Morrison in the “18 years in the making” rematch

Former two-division World Champion Gary Hamilton of Northern Ireland is back in the ring on October 26 after five years of lay off. “Belfast Boy” faces his old opponent Douglas Morrison of Scotland. The pair battles it out at the “Lord of the Ring” event held at Stormont Hotel in Belfast. The contest serves as a new headline-bout of the show, World Kickboxing Network announced on Friday.

Their first outing took place as many as 18 years ago, in February 2001. The contest ended in the last round after Hamilton dropped Morrison with left hook to the body. Although the latter beat the eight-count the referee waved the fight off in the final seconds.

Their second encounter is scheduled for seven rounds in Full Contact at super welterweight (72.6 kg) with no title on the line.

Over the course of his career Hamilton held WKN World Full Contact title in two different weight classes, featherweight and lightweight. He earned his first strap in December 2002 in France, where he challenged the defending champion Pastor Pascal and won the fight by knockout in the forth round.

Hamilton’s most recent title claim, which was also his last bout until now, was in front of his home crowd at the previous “Lord of the Ring” event in 2014, when he stopped Paolo Renna in Round 5. In addition aspiring to become two-sport titleholder, in 2013 “Belfast Boy” contested for WKN World Lightweight title in “low kick” taking on the champion at that time Daniel Zahra, who retained the belt via stoppage in the third round.

Hamilton’s coach Billy Murray, who is also a promoter of the show, which marks 30 years since the latter himself earned his first professional world title said that “Belfast Boy” has been thinking about his return for a long time now. “I told him if he was serious, then yes I would help him” (via Prokick.com).

“He has been back training for around 6 months, on and off, and he has convinced me that he definitely wants another match, whether it’s a final match, who knows, rest assured he still has the talent and the fire burning within. We have three months until the event date and my job as a coach and a promoter is to make sure that Gary Hamilton will be the Belfast Boy of old,” Murray said.

Douglas Morrison is former British, European and World Full-Contact star. His trainer Albert Ross said that “Douglas has wanted this re-match with Gary Hamilton for such a long time after losing to him all those years ago. Douglas feels the time is right for this fight, and to win in Belfast away from home will be even sweeter”.

The previously scheduled headline-bout featuring Johnny “Swift” Smith of Northern Ireland in defense of his WKN Intercontinental Welterweight title against Shuhei Sone of Japan is now slotted as a co-main event. The undercard is expected to feature a series of bouts with local and international competitors.

Super Welterweight Gary Hamilton vs. Douglas Morrison
Welterweight Johnny Smith vs. Shuhei Sone