Aylesbury fighter loses big bout in first round

John Gilbert during his first round defeat to Haydon Critchfield
John Gilbert during his first round defeat to Haydon Critchfield

Aylesbury fighter John Gilbert says he has learned a lot in defeat after missing out on the chance of a title bout at the latest TKMMA show at the weekend.

The show, which saw more than 800 fans turn out at the High Wycombe Sports Centre on Saturday night.

Gilbert was fighting Londoner Haydon Critchfield for the chance to go head-to-head with British welterweight champion Matt Holland.

But he faced an opponent in the form of his life as Aylesbury McLeod Academy fighter Gilbert succumbed to a first-round rear naked choke.

But Gilbert remains upbeat and philosophical after his defeat.

“Unfortunately the fight did not go my way in the end and I was submitted in the first round,” Gilbert said.

“My opponent had really good timing of when to go for the throws. He took me down as I went for knee strikes.

“I have gained experience of competing with a well-trained pro fighter and can now see where I have to pick my game up.”

Aylesbury’s Sahid Khamlichi, TKMMA chief of operations, said it was the best event to date but promised even bigger and better to come.

He said: “TKMMA 6 is set for November 9, which is going to be our biggest night. It will be our first year anniversary so we are making it our biggest event in our history with fantastic end of year finale.”