20 year old Kickboxer from Middle island NY Wins fight and many new Fans in China !
Hey Guys, Results from China.
John Gilliam did a great Job fighting in China, winning his first fight by 2nd round TKO against a National champion from China.
We saw that this fighter was very aggressive and looking to land strong low kicks in round 1. John stayed cool and fought back hard beginning to back his fighter up by end of the round. We noticed that he had a tall stance and new that a spinning back fist was called for. John threw it and landed very hard opening a cut on his opponents head. After they worked on it and the doctor checked it out they let the fight continue with John attacking very strong and again landing another clean spinning back fist which opened the cut more, they stopped the fight and John was a new star in China.
This entire event was on Live TV and was covered by all the press. John was on the front page of the newspaper in the morning and was a definite target of Team China which John was likely to fight again in his next match.
There was still another elimination in John's weight class with the A from China fighting a fighter from Romania. The Romanian fighter was a strong boxer and landed some hard punches but by the end of round 1 was caught with a high round kick to the head which made for a head kick KO.
Now we knew for sure that John was fighting a fighter from China in the next round and he had very good kicks.
The only KO's in the tournament were by John and his Chinese opponent which he fought for the title.
This fight was for the Kung Fu King tournament 75 kg title and the winner would go on to challenge for the overall KFK title.
Our plan was to get inside of his kicks and his was to keep us outside. Well it was another great fight with the fighter from China winning on points with him sticking to his game plan and staying calm and outside for the entire fight. John landed some good blows and also had a great suplex overhead throw in round 2.
John Gilliam gained the respect of many new Chinese fans as he was the only foreign fighter to Win in the first round and go to the final for the KFK title.
There were fighters from 5 countries: Russia, Romania, Iran, USA, and China.
Congratulations John on a great job representing Team USA in China in this great Sanda tournament!
WORLD KICKBOXING CHAMPION
TOMMY "BEE" BOTTONE