LETHBRIDGE, A.B. – Three athletes that train with Fivestar MMA in Fort St. John competed at Rumble in the Cage 53 in Lethbridge last weekend.
Ashley Rouble, Amanda Rogers, and Nick Young were all competing in K1-style kickboxing. The sport is similar to the kickboxing that Young and Rogers showcased during last month’s charity boxing match in Fort St. John, albeit without shin guards or head gear.
Rouble, who is 17 years old, competed against another fighter eleven years her senior. After dominating the fight for one three minute round, Rouble managed to beat her opponent with a solid kick to the liver halfway through the second round to get the win via TKO.
Amanda Rogers, who recently moved to Grande Prairie and had been unable to train with the gym regularly, ended up going the distance in her fight. Rogers stood against her opponent for three 3-minute rounds, but sadly lost her match in a split decision by the judges.
Fivestar MMA owner Justin Donally described Nick Young’s fight as “really weird.” Young is 16, stands roughly 5’6” tall, and weighs 150 lbs. His opponent was one year older than him, and had a height and weight advantage of 3-4” and 9 lbs respectively. Young can out swinging in the first round, first managing to daze his opponent before landing a clean right hook that knocked him to the mat. Donally says that confusion arose when after assessing the other fighter, officials allowed him to continue the match. Having his supposed victory cut short, Young continued to battle for the full 9 minutes. Donally says that after winning the second round, Young was then fouled twice by a pair of low kicks, resulting in his opponent losing a point. In spite of this, the officials scored the match a draw after the match. After the match, the event’s promoter told Young that he felt that he had definitely won the match, although Young’s record will still show a draw.
Young and Rouble, along with other members of Team Fivestar will be in action in Quesnel on December 10th for a series of boxing matches.