Falcon fighter ready for Chinese test
PUBLISHED: 10:30 06 March 2015
Wells to represent England at Earls Court
Liam Wells, from Romford’s Team Falcon Gym, says he is unfazed at being the first home fighter to step into the ring against China in a special show in London tomorrow week (Saturday March 14).
The 20-year-old Wells, fighting at 67kg, has been drawn in the opening bout against Wang Pengfei as part of the nine-man, one-woman England team facing the largest group of professional fighters from China ever seen in Europe.
Trainer Matt Higgs said: “It is a great honour for Liam and Falcon to represent England. We don’t know much about our Chinese opponent, because it is so rare that they come to fight over here, but rest assured, Liam is ready for anything.”
A sell-out crowd of 1,000 is expected at the ILEC Conference Centre, while an audience of well over 150 million, from 53 countries, is expected to watch the inaugural battle via Henan TV in China.
The Chinese team will do battle against England in bouts from 55kg to 95kg that include stand-up fighting where kicks and elbows are permitted, as well as punches, plus MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) with grappling and holds.
The ground-breaking deal that has made the event possible was agreed between the UK’s KTMMA organisation and Wulinfeng (WLF) in China, whose three combat sport television shows per month attract some of the highest viewing figures in the country.
Transmitted by the Zhongxing 6B satellite, the HNTV signal can also be picked up in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
In addition to the ten England v China contests, the packed bill at Earls Court also sees Aveley’s ISKA World middleweight champion Reece Rowell defending his title in an eagerly awaited showdown with Jon Durrant from London.