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Great fighters need great adversaries: Trainor v Howson IV

02 Apr Posted by in Blog | 1 comment

In true Thailand fashion the biggest rivalry in UK Muay Thai will be having it’s fourth instalment.

24th June 2012 will see myself and Andy Howson once again stepping into the ring to face off against each other, hoping to add yet another contender to fight of the year.

This time the venue will be at the Tower Ballroom, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.

Our first encounter was way back in February 2005. The fight was very close and shaping up quite nicely until in the second round I broke my hand for the fourth time. When I got back to the corner Steve (my trainer) was going to wave the fight off but I said no as I had more experience than Andy and felt this would not hinder me at all; I was wrong. Andy was hungry for the win and came on strong, with me being one handed I struggled to keep him off. I took a count mid way through the third then kept Andy at bay with kicks until the bell sounded for that round. Due to my hand I did not come out for the fourth which gave Andy the victory.

Almost an exact year later in february 2006 our second fight was scheduled with me having a point to prove. The fight went the full 5 rounds in exciting fashion with me wobbling Andy on numerous occasions. Before this fight many thought that I was finished as I’d been around so long, but I proved them wrong by taking back the number 1 position which I had held for eight years prior to my first fight with Andy.

The last time we met was in February 2009 on the undercard of Saenchai vs Liam Harrison. This time Andy was the one with something to prove and eager to become number one again. The first three rounds were very close keeping everyone on the edge of their seats but Andy had a great fourth round which put him ahead in the fight. I needed a big fifth if I wanted to take the win but on this occasion Andy wanted it more and it showed. The score was now two, one to Andy. This fight was regarded by many as fight of the night which is some feat if you looked at the main event.

Since this fight we have gone down different paths and have both had our share of success. I’ve fought mainly abroad winning European and world titles while Andy has fought at home against some great international opposition winning two world titles in the process.

The question is can I even the score to make it two-two or will Andy keep hold of the bragging rights and stay in the lead? You’ll have to come to the show to see for yourself. Either way this promises to be another great fight and not one to be missed.

If you are interested in getting tickets you can contact me for tickets through Facebook, Twitter or leave a message on here.

There is no rivalry like this in the UK so make sure you get to the Tower Ballroom on the 24th June 2012 to see who wants it more.


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