Eoghan Chelmiah has his sights set at the top of the MMA world.
The multiple-time Irish and World karate champion has more titles than most in his chosen discipline and has made the transition to the amateur MMA ranks in recent months. Part of the Askea club, Chelmiah fights out of Team Ryano Kilkenny in the city, training under Mick Brennan and ‘Magic’ Myles Price.
In his amateur debut, Chelmiah (1-1, Amateur) took a split decision over Brandon Myeres at Cage Legacy 4: Halloween Havoc in October 2017. That was followed up with a first round submission loss to Ger Harris at Cage Legacy 6 in February this year.
Looking to continue his development and get back in the win column, he’s off to Cage Ring Championship 8 in Swords on Sunday 10 June.
In his way stands Darren Kirwan (0-2, Amateur). Kirwan, of Shaolin MMA Galway, will be no stranger to Team Ryano Kilkenny eyes, however, having met Chelmiah’s TRK stablemate Paul Nolan at Celtic Gladiator 16 last November. A third round triangle submission for Nolan sealed another victory for Team Ryano Kilkenny that night.
Scotland native Kirwan makes the trip to Swords on the back of that loss along with a defeat to fellow Scot Scott Drummond at Headhunters FC two months previous.
With a look and style all of his own, he’ll be putting it up to Chelmiah in what should be a high tempo encounter.
Cage Ring Championship 8: Blaze of Glory takes place at the Airside Arena, South Quarter, Swords (Dublin) on Sunday 10 June. Doors at 4pm with first fight expected at 5pm.
Tickets are priced €30, with cage side seats €40. There are no fewer than 10 title fights spread across the fight card, covering Muay Thai, MMA, K-1 and Nogi jiu-jitsu.