It was the night of all fights at the fifth West Region Fight Night show held in the Civic Ballroom at the Lithgow Showground on Saturday, November 3.
Fighters travelled from as far as Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Blue Mountains, Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra to participate on the night.
One of the biggest nights of combat sports in the region saw crowd favourite and local fighter Blake ‘Randy Roy’ Sheppeard compete for the first time since 2014.
Sheppeard took on a much heavier Mohammed Abu Naim from Sydney to gain the Professional Light Heavyweight Belt.
“I took the fight two weight divisions above my standard weight class, it was a big risk to take on someone 15 to 20kg bigger.
“I had to be cautious and have a smart game plan,” Sheppeard said.
Sheppeard was fortunate to come away with a first round head kick knockout and was awarded the West Region Fight Night Champion’s belt.
He also said he was very happy to get the win but said he still had a lot of work to do if he wanted to keep being successful.
“It’s been a journey for me to get back into the cage having not been able to train for a fight for four years due to three different surgeries,
“It was great to finally get back in there, and to do so in front of a home crowd was a feeling not many fighters get to feel,” Sheppeard said.
Sheppeard also thanked his sponsors for their continuous support.
Promoter of West Region Fight Night Paul Traish said the night was off the charts with fighters wasting no time getting into the action.
“All fights ended with stoppages including four submission, three technical knock outs and two knock outs,” he said.
He also said there were notable performances by fighters from Dubbo, Orange and Blue Mountains.
“The crowd was loud and proud cheering all the local fighters,” he said.
Traish also said the night was a huge success and wanted to thank sponsors for their support and everyone involved.
“For me it was great to see so many local people supporting the event, it was a fantastic night,” he said.
Traish planned to continue the show as an annual event around the same time next year and beyond.
Sheppeard also said the night was great to be a part of.
“Paul Traish does an exceptional job of organising the event and for a smaller promotion it's one of the most professionally run ones I've been to,” he said.
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