By Chris Caldwell
A 12-year-old member of Castle K1 Kickboxing Club in Castlederg secured a stunning victory in her first ever ISKA (International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association) full contact fight in the White Horse Hotel, Derry, on November 18.
Cara Devlin, who only joined the steadily growing club a year ago, has showed impressive development during her time training under chief instructors, the husband and wife team of black belts, David and Maria Byrne, and she proved her talent during the Mayhem Showtime 6 event.
The signs looked good for the youngster early in the first round when Cara connected with a punch kick combo which rocked her opponent Eimer O’Reilly, of the Mayhem Club, giving the referee no option but to give a standing count. However, Eimer had been training hard for this bout also and was not going to give up without a fight!
The encounter went on round after round, back and forth all the way to the end, leaving the judges with the unenviable decision. After a tense wait, the judges came to a unanimous decision that Cara, who is a yellow belt, had come out on top.
“We’re very proud of Cara because that was her very first fight in a professional event. It was very good for her and a very good win,” beamed David afterwards.
“Cara was in the only girls fight on the night so it was good for her to get onto such a big card because it was full of what we would classify as really experienced fighters. It was a big show because there were Irish titles going and Mayhem titles. There were no amateurs there, so Cara was very lucky that we were asked by Brian Crossan and Kevin Anderson, who run Mayhem, if we had a girl that could handle it.
“Cara has been training hard for a fight for the last few months and she was delighted to get on the show. It was a big show so we were delighted for her. It was nice for her to win as well!”
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