Dutch Jewish Boxing is Back!
The pressure is on for Barry as he has been in the public eye the past few weeks, for instance in talkshows such as the number one TV breakfast show "Coffeetime" to talk about his match. The fact that the royal theatre is filled with friends and family tonight is an added bonus, but it also adds to the pressure as they all have come to this magical night to see only one thing: Barry's victory!
Around 21:00, after a few warm up fights of the "Ben Bril" memorial event, which is the largest Dutch pro-boxing event in the Netherlands and of course named after the famous Dutch Jewish boxer, the time has finally come for the main fight to begin. Barry's entrance is goosebumpingly chilly, as the amazing tune of the "Hatikva" is played loudly through the theatre and sang by friends and family who have all stood up and placed their hands on their harts...The face-off between the boxers shows that both fighters are ready to rumble and to show the audience what they came for...."DINGGGG"
The fight starts by both fighters trying and gauging distances. Both boxers are very skilled technical fighters and are looking for each other’s weaknesses in the ring. Madni, 35 years old with an impressive resume in pro-boxing and a world-title in kickboxing, seems to have the physical upper hand, and shows his skills with a series of heavy and dangerous combination punches. Barry shows impeccable defensive skills by slipping and avoiding most of the punches, immediately countering with series of his own. His left jab is extremely quick and effective which shows after a few rounds, as Madni's nose starts bleeding.
In round 6, both fighters decide to switch gears into an even higher tempo. The fighters are very close to each other, exchanging punches, taking and avoiding hits and the crowd is out of control. This scenario continues to the last second and the final bell. Looking at the faces of both fighters, you can see this was an extremely tough and hard fight, by the black eyes and cuts above the eyes and cheekbones.
The crowd is waiting for the final counts and results and the tension in the theatre is high as everyone is anxious to know if Barry won. At least they already know one thing: they definitely got what they came for!
Final scores: Referee 1 scores 94-95 for Madni, referee number 2 scores 2 96-95 for Barry (!) and referee number 3 scores 96-96, which means it's a tie, but Barry's incredible performance against such an experienced and talented fighter is judged as being reason enough to crown him the best Dutch boxer under 63,5kg!
Needless to say we are incredibly proud of our Maccabi champ and the fact that he continues to give so much to our movement in Holland. Dutch Jewish Boxing is back! Chazak ve'ematz, OSU!!!