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Hard men in City fight night
7:10am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
The title of Southampton’s ultimate warrior will be decided this weekend in the Hardest Man contest at the Guildhall. The testosterone pumping, adrenalin fuelled fighters will battle it out in a last man standing, winner takes all competition to settle who has bragging rights over the city.
On the evening (Saturday, 7pm), one man will prevail by beating the seven other fighters in a mixed martial arts format, which uses a combination of combat sports such as judo, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
Among them, bidding to become the champion, is Jimmy ‘Justice’ Millar, who delivered a message of intent to his opposition, professional MMA fighter with a nine wins to four losses, Alexei ‘Boom’ Roberts. “I’m the most experienced when it comes to fighting more than once in a night,” he boasted. “Everyone better believe I’ve got the best chance of winning this contest. “I am the hardest man standing, there is no fear of failure, and I don’t run away.”
“I’m really looking forward to the night, it’s the MMA fighting that I look forward to and enjoy, I love the rules and I love the excitement the tournament is bringing to the city.”
Roberts, from Andover, is more level-headed about his chances. “I’ve just got to stick to my game and do what I do best and hopefully I’ll get a win from there. I just got to do what I do best,” he said. In the other three quarter final fights, kick boxing specialist Mo Kargbo takes on Jack Rolinski, Krzysztof Nowakowski comes up against Sam Mensah and John-Joe White fights personal trainer Paul Payne. “It’s going to be a very entertaining night, that’s for sure. There will be a lot of entertainment.
“The fight to watch is Millar against Roberts, that fight has long been anticipated, it will be an explosive evening,” organiser Will Martin said. The evening will also include two exhibition matches between Sam Gale and Tyrone Cooper along with Richard Stacey against Marc Pugh. Gale was at the end of a brutal knockout from Richard Walker, who has now retired from the competition through injury, in the preliminary round after defeating Cooper to qualify. The two will now meet in a grudge match.
l Tickets are still available for the competition. You can visit hardestman.com/Southampton for details.
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