Fighter’s stomping win inside cage

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FOUR fighters put months of training to the test when they entered the cage.

Edward Arthur, Ryan Hopla, Stephen Harvey, and Dave Waters, all from Hemel Martial Arts, competed at the Kayo-MMA ‘Honour’ Live Mixed Martial Arts in Slough on Saturday.

Edward, 21, with his signature taunting stomp, fought Leroy Dex in the amateur class. They went the full two rounds of five minutes before Edward was declared victorious by judges.

Ryan, 21, lost by triangle choke to George Youseff in his first round, while Stephen, 30, who was competing at semi-pro standard, lost by arm bar to Paul Steyne.

Professional fighter Dave, 31, returned to the cage for the first time since 2006 and went the full three rounds of five minutes each. The judges gave the win to his opponent Marek Idzikowski.

Hemel Martial Arts, based in Fensomes Alley, was formed by professional fighter Denniston Sutherland, 37, in February last year.

He said: “I’m proud of them all for the hard work they put in.

“Now it is about getting back to the drawing board, training hard and doing better.”

This Sunday Robert Murphy, 28, will compete in his first white collar boxing match at Jarman Park, Hemel Hempstead.

>Picture provided by Joanna Leeson.