Joe makes short work of opponent to notch a hat-trick

Joe Baxendale, second right, with the gym's entourage
Joe Baxendale, second right, with the gym's entourage

Todmorden’s Joe Baxendale made it three wins out of three when successful in the Combat Challenge event at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford.

The 25-year-old, who was representing the Powerhouse Fight Camp run out of gyms in Walsden and Halifax, had a first round technical knockout over last minute opponent Will Cairns.

Joe Roberts, 19, of Halifax, made it a double for the club on the night when he took four rounds to dispose of opponent Dan Hunter, 26.

Baxendale’s K1 rules kickboxing match, which allows knees to the body alongside regular punches and kicks, almost did not go ahead when his original opponent backed due to a sprained ankle.

Manchester based Cairns, a fighter from a boxing background, was called in last minute to take the fight and at first seemed to out-box Baxendale.

However, Baxendale stood his ground and used his powerful stature to press forward.

Baxendale claimed victory with five seconds left in the first round, using powerful leg kicks to overcome the Mancunian.

Hadley Pollard, the owner of Bailey’s Gym in Walsden and from Todmorden, said: “Both lads trained and fought really hard and we’re all really proud of them.

Powerhouse Fight Camp is open to martial artists of all abilities. The camp caters for Thai boxing, MMA, grappling and boxing.