Daigle’s trio confront Rogues

It has been building up for weeks and now the ‘smoker’ event everyone has been talking about will explode for those lucky enough to be there this weekend.  

Cayman Kickboxing Academy fighters are extremely excited about the kickboxing clash on Saturday at the Rogue Gym. 

The first smoker in February was well attended and this one should be even more popular considering the $25 tickets include barbeque food and drink thanks to sponsors XQ’s and CayBrew. 

“This will be the first kickboxing match for all three of our fighters,” said Kickboxing Academy instructor Bob Daigle whose two sons, Bobby and Alex are competing. “They have been training in kickboxing for only about six months and started sparring about two months ago.” 

Alex Daigle faces Juneau Barnett in one of four bouts. Alex has also trained in boxing for a year. He said: “I only know his name and that he has about the same experience in striking. I think it will be a good fight.” 

Alex, 19, is extremely light on his feet for someone 6ft 4ins tall. Although he favours using his hands he also possesses some lightning fast and accurate kicks. 

Darwin Lanza, 22, has been training in taekwondo for about nine months under Master Steve Graham. “I am excited about the fight and want to test myself.” Lanza said. He faces Kenny Dryburgh. Lanza is conceding at least 10lbs to Dryburgh and plans to use his quickness to counter that.  

Bobby Daigle is also 22 and like his brother is exceptionally tall and lean. His long legs are extremely flexible. He plans on using his reach and speed against Dave O’Driscoll in the main bout. Bobby said: “Anything can happen. I expect it to be a good fight and look forward to the experience.” 

Rogue Gym instructor Grey Brett made the matches which include an exhibition bout between Garry Tierny and Ryan Charles. Brett, a Muay Thai, specialist brought over two world class Muay Thai champions two weeks ago for seminars which were well received.  

Rogue Gym is behind XQ’s on the West Bay Road, on the side of the Treasure Island parking lot. The show is promoted by Chris Dinan and starts at 3pm.  

Instructor Bob Daigle said: “My fighters have put the time in and are all comfortable with using their hands and their feet. We use boxing as our base for hands and freestyle kickboxing for our kicking. We expect a lot of low kicks and sweeps from their opponents.”  

Assistant coach Troy O’Neil said: “We are very excited that this event was put together. Events like this help build future champions. 

“They have come on well in the short time they’ve had to prepare. The guys have a lot of heart. Their skill level has improved tremendously over the past month. I think they’ll all come out victorious.”  

Rogue Gym instructor Grey Brett made the matches which include an exhibition bout between Garry Tierny and Ryan Charles. 

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Bobby Daigle’s high kicks are potent. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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