Dublin-born striking ace, Ian ‘The Future’ Garry has claimed the vacant Cage Warriors welterweight championship this afternoon in the main event of Cage Warriors 125 — taking home a dominant, one-sided unanimous decision victory over former two-time lightweight title challenger, Jack Grant.
Headlining the Graham Boylan-led promotion’s event as part of the R U Mine ‘Trilogy’ of events this weekend, the Portmarnock striker took main event honours at York Hall opposite Grimsby-veteran, Grant.
During fight week, speculation was rife regarding the status of Garry and his long-time team, Team KF Martial Arts, headed up by former Cage Warriors middleweight gold holder, Chris Fields and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert, Tom King, with reports detailing how the two had parted ways.
Thursday afternoon, the 23-year-old confirmed that he was no longer a part of the Team KF banner, claiming that the team had “abruptly” stopped supporting him just 10-days out from the vacant undisputed title tilt against Grant.
Flanked to the cage by the Arctic Monkeys track, R U Mine? — Garry, without Fields or King in his corner, brought a corner crew of Cage Warriors featherweight contender, Paul Hughes as well as his manager and partner, Layla Anna-Lee. Hughes had cornered recently-minted lightweight champion, Joe McColgan last night during the Fight Academy Ireland mainstay’s third round guillotine win over defending gold holder, Agy Sardari.
Beginning brightly, Garry went close with an almost patented left, snapping high-kick, drawing a shake of hands from Grant, after landing some notable jabs earlier in the round.
Defending his back later in the round from an attempted take, Garry managed to shake Grant off and took the opening round due to his activity and striking accuracy.
From the onset and throughout the five round sanctioned headliner, Garry outstruck Grant quite comfortably, who began plodding forward and calling the Dubliner on from the third round onward. Defending some heel hook, kneebars, and armbars from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, Grant, Garry kept his hips strong and close during sprawls and clinches, in a bid to defend offensive actions from the Grimsby grappler.
Embracing each other from stacked guard to the full guard at the final klaxon, Garry had lodged enough action in prior rounds to score a rather comfortable unanimous decision (50-45 x2, and 50-44) — clinching the undisputed Cage Warriors welterweight crown.