A local IT engineer who usually prefers to avoid confrontation has won his first ever cage fight, all in aid of charity.
Dominic Buckley, who is a senior systems engineer at Wrexham-based Rawson IT Services, shocked colleagues when he announced he was embarking on a gruelling eight-week training programme to get him ready for his first ever bout to raise money for charity.
The 26-year-old, who is a big fan of Ultimate Championship Fighting (UFC) and has always wanted to have a go at the popular combat sport, competed in the Charity Cage Wars event at Brymbo Sports and Social Complex in Wrexham.
Dominic, who lives in Coedpoeth, defeated his opponent after the referee awarded the fight in his favour following three energy-sapping, two-minute rounds.
As a former world class PC gamer, he chose to support SpecialEffect – a UK-based charity which uses video games and technology to enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities – and he has so far raised more than £400.
Dominic, who was cheered on by family, friends and colleagues, said: “The whole experience lived up to my expectations, it was brilliant. There is no feeling like it.
“I wasn’t actually nervous. I like to play up to a crowd so went in there with confidence. It was a really tough fight but I got the win by decision which was a bonus.
“I was tired going into the third round but you’ve got someone in front of you and you have to keep going. You’ve got no opportunity to think.
“I’ve watched the fight back now and I did pretty well, it was a clear win. It’s a nice feeling. My dad is working away in Hamburg at the moment but he flew back to watch it so to win was a bonus.”
Dominic, who is originally from Buckley, trained at Inspire Performance Centre (IPC) in Gwersyllt, Wrexham, run by professional MMA fighter Aaron Aby, and said he will continue with his cage fighting journey
He added: “I’d like to keep going with it. There really is nothing like it. It excites me and I want to experience more.
“We’ll just see how it goes. I tend to go with the rhythm. If I can get better let’s just see what level I can get to.
“It’s definitely given me a taste for more. I was so focused on the fight everything else was a blur. You don’t hear the crowd or anything, you’re just in the moment.”
You can sponsor Dominic via his JustGiving Page.
*Pictures: Mandy Jones
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