Marlon Gillett – Hastings Very Own
After winning several titles on the amateur K1 Kickboxing circuit, local combat athlete Marlon Gillett has stepped up to the professional ranks with impressive results, storming up the rankings with two strong wins in a row.
His last bout, back in November, was at the most prestigious K-1 show in England, the Muay Thai Grand Prix, held at the Indigo event centre inside the O2 Arena, London.
Marlon was facing a formidable opponent, Jamie Petch, who holds titles in both Kyokushin Karate and K1. It was the most exciting fight of the night, with both warriors landing significant blows. Gillett showed true grit and determination when he turned the intensity up a notch and proved he was too hot for Petch to handle. During the second round he landed a right hand so devastating it left his opponent face down on the canvas for over two minutes.
This win by knock-out is the second professional fight for Marlon, who said:
‘’It felt amazing to get the result I did against a good game fighter with a solid record, but what felt better is that everything went to plan. My corner team said it would play out just the way it did and the video of the KO has now gone viral with almost 100,000 views.
“I’d really like to thank my team of coaches. Luke and Jamie Whelan (Skywalker Kickboxing – London Gym) and Ed Lofts and Sam Ciftci (The Fighters Loft – Hastings Gym). They always put in the time and effort to prepare me for my fights.”
Marlon went on to say: ‘’My next goal is to keep the ball rolling and work my way towards a professional title, hopefully getting a shot at some point next year. Eventually I want to become the world champion, but I’m realistic and know how much work this requires. It’s not an overnight process but I’m 100% committed to my training and I believe that’s what I’m destined for.’’
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