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A trio of fighters from Bermuda Karate Institute (BKI) will be gunning for a clean sweep of victories in this weekend's Fight Night XIV: Fists of Fury at Berkeley Institute.

Team BKI, Deondre Morris, Anton Daniels and Chuck Morgan, have spent hours toiling in the BKI's King Street dojo during recent months in preparation for their upcoming dust-ups.

And, while the night's main event will see Bermuda's Teresa Perozzi put her WBA middleweight title on the line against American April Ward, the undercard should also promise plenty of thrills and spills.

Morris will be looking to retain his unbeaten Fight Night record when he squares off in a Muay Thai bout with 27-year-old Andrew Walters from the MAS Academy of Martial Arts in Cambridge, Ontario.

The 22-year-old said: “This is my second time fighting in Teachers Rugby Fight Night, the first time I fought Bermuda Sanshou fighter Shannon Ford, who I beat via a decision.

“I haven't seen my opponent in action but I'm confident in my own ability and whatever happens, happens hopefully I can remain undefeated.

“I've been doing Muay Thai for a year-and-a-half now and I've had three official fights in Bermuda with a record of two wins and one loss.”

Anton Daniels, who will be making his Fight Night bow, will also be going toe-to-toe against another Muay Thai fighter from the MAS stable in the form of 18-year-old Daniel Kechecko.

Having emerged triumphant in his last four bouts, Daniels is focused on continuing his impressive winning streak.

“I've been learning Muay Thai for two years, I started when I was away in school,” said the 21-year-old. “I'm also fighting a MAS fighter from Canada. I'm feeling pretty confident, I have confidence in my own abilities, so I should do pretty good.

“This is my first time at Fight Night, although my overall record is four wins and one loss. My last four wins have been consecutive so I'm just hoping to keep that going on.

“Hopefully the crowd will get into it because that's what makes a fight fun for me.”

Boxer, Chuck Morgan, is no stranger to the Fight Night ring having bested Max Desrochers in an old-fashioned slug fest four years ago.

The 32-year-old, known as the Matchstick, has refined his ring craft since that tear up and is hoping to come out on top against fellow Islander Chris Wilson in a Bermuda Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) light heavyweight bout.

“It's been four years since I've been in the ring when I managed to outlast my opponent until he fell down,” said Morgan, who has been selling T-shirts to his supporters to help raise money for children's charity, St Baldricks.

“I never went down in that fight but the other guy did hit me a lot, so I'm hoping to change that strategy hopefully I can get hit less and hit more.

“I wanted to get back in shape and then I started sparring with these guys and thought 'hey, I've got two years left for amateur boxing so I might as well let it go.'”

All four fighters have been whipped into shape by trainer Ray Sillar, while Muhsin Nasir has helped with their conditioning. Morgan added: “Ray's been great, he is very experienced fighter from Toronto and given us some great knowledge. He's taken three young Bermudians and one old Bermudian and hopefully we can complete a clean sweep of victories.”

Fight Night XIV, Fists of Fury will take place on Saturday at the Berkeley Institute. Tickets are $65 general admission and $120 for VIP with open bar.

Tickets are available at ptix.bm, the International Sports Shop and the Pro Shop. Only people 18 and older will be allowed to attend the event.

Left: Anton Daniels, Chuck Morgan and Deondre Morris.(Photo by Akil Simmons) March 1,2012
Deondre Morris age 22.(Photo by Akil Simmons) March 1,2012
Anton Daniels age 21.(Photo by Akil Simmons) March 1,2012
Chuck Morgan age 32.(Photo by Akil Simmons) March 1,2012

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Published March 07, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated March 07, 2012 at 8:08 am)

Team BKI gunning for glory

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