Fivestar owner and promoter Justin Donally said it wasn’t easy watching home town favourite Brad Stewart lose his title to Brendan Kornberger, but overall he was happy with how the card played itself out.
“All in all I think the fight card was great. As far as locals go it was tough to watch Brad Stewart in the main event lose his title but he’s fighting at that level now where everybody he fights are the best guys in the country,” he explained. “He’s not going to get a guy that’s not in the top 100 in the world. He’s not going to win them all. I spoke to him afterwards and he’s more motivated now than he’s ever been to get back in and get training even harder.”
Some of the highlights of the show included the bout between Dylan Lielke and Dane Newall and the women’s fight between Robin Combs and Jamie Herrington. Both Lielke and Newall were undefeated heading into the fight.
“Dylan Lielke stole the show for the evening I think. Him and Dane Newall was a huge talked about fight. I just couldn’t say enough good things about the heart and determination of Dylan in that fight. It was two of the best guys in B.C. for amateurs going at it for the title. It was really fun to watch,” Donally explained. “When you train with somebody every day as well it’s tough to watch them as a promoter sometimes. The two ladies fighting each other from the club here that was another one for Tosha [Mytron] and myself that was kind of hard to watch but they put on a great show and the fans seemed to love it.”
The only downside as it relates to the card was the unfortunate timing of Duncan Wilson becoming ill before his fight with Micah Brakefield, however he’s hungry to perform in front of the home crowd when the next opportunity comes.
“It was a little bit disappointing Duncan Wilson came down with a chest infection. About Tuesday I was made aware of it. He really wanted to try and fight through it. He cut the weight and went to weigh ins but the doctors couldn’t let him go. He was having too many issues with his chest and breathing issues so they just said it was too unsafe for him to fight,” Donally stated. “He’s the last guy to ever pull out of a fight so for him to have to be stopped it had to have been something serious. He’ll rebound on the next card and hopefully we’ll maybe pick him up another fight this winter before coming back to Fort St. John.”
Putting on a fight card is no easy task and with that Donally appreciates the community support in helping with making events like Vindicated possible.
“Another shout out to the community of Fort St. John. Everybody that bought a ticket, everybody that sponsored, everybody that helped out with the show. This show didn’t sell out as quick as the first one but everybody slammed us the last week and we were 1,200 strong on this show,” he stated. “Without them supporting the event, buying tickets, and sponsoring we’re not able to provide a stage for these athletes to compete on. Also a shout out to my better half Tosha. She does so much on these events and she’s the heart and soul of this company just making everything go round and round all the time.”
Going forward Fivetstar organizers are exploring the possibility of putting on a children’s martial arts tournament early in the new year, and another Fivestar Fight League card in April in Fort St. John.