The CWA Grand Prix semi finals have almost concluded, and we’re one step closer to the finals at CW100 where the top Amateur talent in Europe will be crowned. The last key semi-final match-ups take place on October 20th at Cage Warriors’ South East Academy event.
The first of these final four bouts sees Ismar Blagoje take on Ashley Amos at light-heavyweight.
Blagoje is a Norwegian fighter with an undefeated record of 4-0, two of those wins coming via first round stoppage. Though this bout is at light heavyweight, Blagoje also has a record at middleweight, sitting at number 9 in the amateur rankings in the UK and Ireland.
His opponent is Ashley Amos, a Welsh fighter with a record of 2-0. Similar to Blagoje, these two wins are first round finishes that have him elevated him to #21 in the UK and Ireland amateur rankings at light heavyweight.
He is also ranked 8th in the UK and Ireland at heavyweight as an amateur which could give him an edge in this fight as the bigger of the two.
The next semi-final match-up pits welterweights Jamie Ward and Oban Elliott against each other.
Jamie Ward is the 5th ranked amateur fighter in the UK and Ireland at 170 pounds. He has finishes via punches, ground and pound, armbar and 2 triangle chokes with a record of 7-1.
He goes face to face with Welsh fighter Oban Elliott who comes in with an unbeaten record of 5-0, making him the 4th ranked amateur welterweight and the 9th ranked lightweight in the UK and Ireland.
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With such a closely matched fight, the victor may be decided by the smallest of margins. Ward has several different submission finishes on his resume whilst Elliott’s wins have all come via KO/TKO with one by head kick so this may well be the story of the fight.
At 135 pounds, Florian Doskja (7-2) fights Jack Eglin (6-3) in a fight between the #6 and #3 ranked amateur bantamweights in their regions.
Both fighters are well matched and have a variety of submissions on their record. Followers of the academy will remember Ciaran Mulholland from the Belfast event, Mulholland holds a win over Eglin via armbar in the 1st round.
The last semi-final match-up takes place at flyweight and features Muhidin Abubakar and Alex Boyd.
Abubakar comes into the fight as the favorite with a much higher amateur ranking and a record of 4-1 compared to Boyd’s 2-3. Both fighters are coming into this bout off of losses therefore neither can be taken for granted as both look to capitalize on a big opportunity.
We will have more coverage for you leading up to the academy finals at Cage Warriors 100, so stay tuned to Cage Warriors across all platforms.
All words by Kyle Dimond.