NI kickboxer considers next move

Published Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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One of Northern Ireland's best-known kickboxers, Gary Hamilton, is considering his future after struggling during his first title bout in Belfast for eight years.

NI kickboxer considers next move
Belfast kickboxer Gary Hamilton talks to UTV. (© UTV)

The Belfast man returned to the ring at the weekend to challenge Malta's Daniel 'The Jet' Zahra for the WKN Professional Welterweight World title - but the fight was stopped early.

Hamilton's coach and mentor Billy Murray called for a halt to proceedings at the packed-out Ulster Hall in the third round to save his fighter from further punishment.

"He's been in my corner for nearly 20 years now - he's been like a father figure to me," Hamilton told UTV.

"He knew that I was in trouble, he knew I was hurt. He did the right thing, what any corner man would have done - caring for their fighter. He made the right choice."

At times, Hamilton coped well with the relentless pressure from Zahra but, ultimately, he was no match for his opponent.

At the age of 34, the kickboxer is now considering his next move and could be looking at a move towards coaching.

"Every option is running through my head and I would dare say that, yes, I could give it (coaching) a go ...

"Without doubt, UTV will be the first to hear about if I retire or if I continue, so I could possibly be a coach - who knows?"

© UTV News
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