Tauranga’s kickboxers, Murray Milgrew and Clinton Simmonds, completely outclassed their South Island opponents on Saturday at Christchurch, both to win New Zealand championship titles in their respective divisions.
Milgrew, age 22 years, weighing 66 kilograms, the defending welterweight champion, barraged his opponent, Mark Browne, age 22 years, weighing 66 kilograms (Christchurch), with kicking and punching combinations causing the South Island champion to decline to come out for the second round.
The bout, originally scheduled for 7 rounds, was a turnabout for Milgrew who suffered his only loss in nine fights to Browne in a non-title contest in 1987.
Simmonds, age 17, weighing 55 kilograms, was far too strong for a very plucky Greg Cunningham, age 19, weighing 55 kilograms (Christchurch). Simmonds scored easily through the first round with a confident display of quality kickboxing culminating with a knockout kick at the end of the second round.
A third Tauranga fighter, Paul Bell, age 31 weighing 90 kilograms, started well but was knocked out midway through the second round of the heavyweight contest. His opponent was Konui Rickus, age 21, weighing 90 kilograms (Ashburton).
Pat Bishop, the team’s trainer, said he was well pleased with the team’s effort although both Simmonds and Milgrew would have preferred that their opponents had stayed in the contests for a while longer.