Brum back to headline best-ever fight night

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Shock ‘N’ Awe returns to the Mountbatten Centre for its biggest and best night of mixed martial arts yet tonight.

Fans will be treated to 21 bouts of top-level action on the sold-out show, including three professional and four amateur title contests.

There will also four kickboxing matches on a varied and exhilarating card.

Portsmouth favourite James Brum will make his first appearance on British soil since 2011 when he takes on Doncaster’s unbeaten Niko Gjoka for the bantamweight title.

Organiser Gareth Johnson, of Gym01 in Fratton, said: ‘We normally have two title fights but the opportunity to have James on was too good to miss, so we’re going to go ahead with our biggest card ever.

‘Niko is the 11th-ranked guy in the UK, he’s fought all over the place and built up quite a reputation, so it’s a real challenge for James.

‘But James is one of the top unsigned bantamweights in Europe and the chances are he will be off to America shortly.

‘So in a way it’s both a homecoming and a goodbye for him, which we’re really excited about.

‘Having him on has really elevated our show.’

Johnson also has high hopes for Ollie Davidson, who takes on newcomer Jaraslow Faracuz.

He said: ‘Ollie is a really talented kid who turned pro on our last show and lost because he wasn’t mentally ready.

‘We’ve restructured his training and, although it’s a tough test, you can just see he’s got something special about him.

‘Everyone who has seen him has said that about Ollie.

‘He joined the gym to lose weight but now he’s a pro MMA fighter.’

‘We’re trying to make sure we step the events up to the next level each time.

‘And we have our 20th anniversary event on May 30.

‘That may feature some former Commonwealth medallists, which would be fantastic.’