Micky Terrill Faces Tough Test to Follow in Countryman’s Footsteps, Win SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix Tournament.
On May 24th, 2014, Micky Terrill, winner of the Superkombat UK tryouts, took on respected, emerging Romanian fighter, Danut Hurduc, at the Superkombat World Grand Prix II and won a unanimous decision. The same night, his fellow Brit, Jamie Bates, also a Superkombat UK tryout winner, prevailed in the Superkombat Grand Prix II Light-Heavyweight tournament. While Terrill is 30 years old, Bates is 24, and they have together elicited the excitement of British kickboxing fans for their potential on the world stage.
To come out of this four-man Superkombat World Grand Prix III cruiserweight tournament like his countryman, however, Terrill (26-2) will have to defeat two fighters near or above his skill level. Terill is an outside fighter who works behind his jab to throw low kicks to either leg or to keep his opponent’s guard up for a hook-uppercut combination. He also uses his height to stay out of his opponent’s range and usually slips out of tight spots when they start to push him toward the ropes.
Unlike Hurduc who had trouble getting inside or putting pressure on Terrill, his first round opponent Saturday, Patrick Van Rees (27-8-3), has the height to match Terrill and to force him to engage, even when it is not opportune. One of the weaknesses Terrill showed in his otherwise exemplary performance against Hurduc was his tendency to get pushed into the ropes and leave himself open. This was without tremendous danger on this occasion, for Hurduc resorted nearly exclusive to wide, lurching punches that either sailed over Terrill’s head or landed on his arms and shoulders.
Van Rees is the winner of the Superkombat tryouts from Almere, Netherlands, and won his last two fights by knockout, and does not wait for his opponent to come to him. If Terrill leaves the same opening against Van Rees, he will receive a hard knee to the stomach. Van Rees is a harder puncher than Terrill and frequently moves into an effective clinch attack.
Terrill has the potential to become a solid fighter beyond the local scene in the UK, but he will have to build upon a fabulous performance in his Superkombat debut to make it past Van Rees and topple the winner of Moises Baute and Cristian Ristea.
The close proximity of each of these fighters’ talent and abilities as well as, in some cases, contrasting styles make for a compelling and exciting tournament. Though on the same day of Glory 17 and the Glory Last Man Standing PPV, it will undoubtedly be overlooked.