Liam Etebar capped a fantastic night of entertainment for Eastbourne’s First Generation Fitness gym as he seized the South Coast Fighting welterweight title by knockout.
The sold-out event at Atlantis Nightclub was headlined by 22-year-old Etebar in a K-1 bout, which he ended with a dramatic stoppage of his accomplished opponent James McGarth with just seconds remaining in the third and final round.
Etebar applied pressure on McGarth for the first two rounds before finally breaking through in the third. McGarth was able to recover after the first two knockdowns but the third proved too much and he was counted out by referee and UFC fighter Oli Thompson.
First Generation’s Mixed Martial Arts coach Tolly Plested tried his hand at boxing for the first time and pulled out another win for the club by knockout after powerful, short shots stopped his opponent at the end of the opening round.
Also in boxing action was Lennie Scudder. Scudder, who is better known for his professional MMA endeavours, laced up his 10oz gloves and was able to wear down his opponent, scoring a unanimous decision victory in a hard-fought fight.
Dan Collins put on one of the performances of the night in an MMA encounter with Kerry Richardson from Worthing. Former standout amateur boxer Collins used his ever-improving grappling to dominate Richardson en route to First Generation’s only submission win of the night.
In another contender for fight of the night, Horane Blackwood took on a tough opponent from Worthing in a back-and-forth MMA contest. At the end of the bout, however, it was Eastbourne-based Blackwood who took home the unanimous decision win.
Also on the card was First Generation’s Mitch Simons, Lee Finch, Ali Thompson, Lewis Bridger and Daniel Gill, who all bagged impressive wins in boxing for First Generation in front of a vocal and supportive crowd.