Lee’s on top of the world

The Genesis Centre in Alfreton was the setting for Battleborn 2, an evening of kickboxing and boxing action featuring local fighters, attended by over 450 spectators.

The Ripley-based Wragsters Kickboxing Academy had seven fighters in action.

Ryan Freeman faced Dan Hackett in a hard-fought demonstration bout. Jordan Dixon, Lee Graves and James Reeves lost in their respective bouts but they gave a good account of themselves.

Arran Kendrick faced Nottingham’s Adam Robinson in a rematch bout scheduled for five rounds for the W.K.U Amateur Midlands Title.

Both fighters started strongly but some devestating shots landed by Arran saw the referee step in and give Adam a standing count which he couldn’t beat, so Arran won by a first round T.K.O.

Last up for Wragsters was head coach Lee ‘Toplad’ Wragg. The 5ft 9in, 42-year-old, who has a fight record of 12 wins and three losses, tipped the scales at 87.5 kg, and was facing Northern Ireland’s Shane Johnson, a 6ft 3in, 30-year old with a unblemished record of six wins all by knockouts, and who tipped the scales at 91.6 kg.

They were competing for the W.K.U Super-Cruiser Weight (-90kg) Pro-Am Full Contact World title, over 5 x 2-minute rounds.

As the first bell sounded, the atmoshere was electric with Shane bringing it straight to Lee trying to land some big heavy shots while Lee moved in and out of range with good kick/punch combinations.

Shane was looking for the big K.O and was landing some big shots which Lee took in his stride and counterattacked his opponent. As the rounds went on, Lee kept using good footwork to move off and then back in for attack, sometimes taking big blows from the taller man.

As the fight came to a close. Lee was landing many more kicks, including a spinning kick in the last round. The final bell sounded and the judges scores showed Lee was the winner by a majority decision.

Afterwards, Lee was presented with his New World Title belt by his sponsor Mw sports massage.

Lee dedicated the win to Wragsters club mascot Frank ‘Snowy’ Holmes, who sadly passed away in January.

Wragsters train at Ripley School of Boxing & Martial Arts on Park Road. For more information on classes, call Lee on 07811 451617.