Saturday, October 30, 2010


FIVE POINTS FIGHTERS Rima Sidhu, Jesse Handler and Dwayne Richards return to the ring on Friday, November 5th. Participating in the on-going Friday Night Fights series, all three are training hard and looking forward to a great show. The bout versus Danielle Ackerman of Holland/L.I. ATT marks Rima's pro-debut, while Jesse faces Jimmy Beselman of Evolution Muay Thai and Dwayne squares off with Ryan Peterson from ATT.

Friday Night Fights Fall Brawl
November 5, 2010
The Hall at St. Paul's
Columbus Ave between 59th/60th
Doors at 7:30, First bell at 8 pm.

Tickets and additional information are available at the front desk or online here.


The night began with disappointment, as Rima's highly anticipated pro debut was scratched when her opponent failed to get medical clearnace for the bout. Look for Rima to make the step to the professional ranks in December.

Dwayne and Jesse quickly turned the mood around.

Dwayne v. Ryan Peterson(American Top Team).
The ATT crowd is large, loud and boisterous in support of their fighters. It didn't seem to bother Dwayne at all. Using his speed and throwing hard combinations, Dwayne set the pace in round 1, with Peterson appearing out of his depth in a muay thai bout, resorting to single leg take downs until cautioned by the referee. In round 2, Peterson help DWayne's leg after taking a low kick, causing Dwayne to fall. The referee ruled it a controversial knockdown as Peterson has landed a punch as Dwayne was falling. Dwayne stormed back in round 3, landing an almost endless array of high and low roundhouse kicks. At the bell, due to the 3 round novice fighter format, it was a numerically correct but clearly unjust and unpopular draw.

Jesse v. Jimmy Beselman (Evolution Muay Thai).
"Quiet, polite, unflappable"...all good words to describe Jesse. Once can also add "unstoppable."
Beselman cam out very strong, trying to physically bully Jesse in round 1 while thoring big, looping punches. Jesse remained unfazed, ansering with his own hard punches and throwing in hard low kicks and knees for good measure. Round 2 saw Jesse extending his lead, working Beselman's leg and moving his roundhouse to the body as well. In round 3, Jesse put an exclamation point on his performance, displaying power and control inside and out, as well as dropping Beselman with another of his powerful low kicks. At the end of a very hard, crowd-pleaser: Jesse by unanimous decision.

Congratulations to the fighters for such fine performances. And huge thanks to the many fans who came out to support the team.

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