December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Terror Squad fighters will be taking no prisoners when they descend on a new mixed martial arts promotion in Essex next Saturday (October 12).
Four fighters from the respected Rainham-based Origin Gym will feature at the first edition of the Heat MMA show at Garon Park leisure centre in Southend.
Salih Kulucan, 21, Tommy Gunn, 23, Aaron Mckearney, 25, and Martin Perry, 31, will all look for decisive early stoppages, according to Terror Squad’s head coach, Spencer Hewitt.
“It’s the first time we will have competed at this venue and all my guys are going there to bring a war,” said Hewitt.
“They won’t be looking for points wins - all want finishes because they are all hungry to make their marks and leave a lasting impression.”
Canning Town bantamweight Kulucan, nicknamed ‘The Ram Man’ because of his come-forward fighting style, will make his Terror Squad debut when he faces the ‘Turkish Snake’, Huseyin Garabet.
Harlow’s heavy-handed middleweight Tommy ‘Titanium’ Gunn - who Hewitt says has come on “leaps and bounds” since joining Terror Squad four months ago - will be also be representing the club for the first time when he faces the more experienced Scott Rogan, from Newcastle.
Dagenham welterweight Perry, dubbed ‘Infra-Red’ because of his accurate punching, is coming off of two semi-pro wins and will make his pro debut against Daniel Gentile from Milan.
And rangy East Ham welterweight Mckearney - whose nickname will be earned after his performance at this show, according to Hewitt - will also have his first pro outing against Rochford’s Rob Barber.
Hewitt added: “This is an opportunity for these guys to fight on a show where they get looked after, paid well and tested against good opponents.
“A lot of shows put on mismatches, but I want my guys to be tested. We have always gone into London before, so it will be nice to go to Essex and put on a show there.”
Hewitt heads up a coaching team which features Thai boxing specialist Jez Lord, former pro boxer and Spencer’s brother Ross Hewitt, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) guru Marc Walder, and wrestling coach Peter Gieral, a seven-time Polish national champion in that sport.
And 35-year-old Hewitt, a BJJ black belt from Rainham, is in training himself as he prepares for his Cage Warriors debut against Bryan Creighton at the Kentish Town Forum in London on Saturday.
He said: “It’s good because I’m training these guys for Heat but I’m sparring with them too, and I jump in the ring with Salih and some days we do eight, five-minute rounds. We go at it.
“He’s a great sparring partner for me because he’s an up-and-coming youngster and an important part of our team, which has so much depth.”
Heat is the new name for the Ultimate Warrior Challenge promotion, which has become well established in Southend after previously being staged 23 times at the Garon Park venue.
To book tickets you can call 01702 613000, or log on to www.heatmma.co.uk