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GAMMA#661 Keenan v Citizen PBP Commentary


Coming up we have a featherweight MMA rules bout between Gareth Keenan (ranked 11 p4p, 2 weight class) and Nico World Citizen (ranked 25 p4p, 3 weight class). Keenan comes to the cage accompanied by Coming Home. World Citizen has chosen Rich Bitch as his entrance music. These two fighters really are very evenly matched on the feet - it will be fascinating to see who can assert themselves in that aspect of the fight.

179 cm
28
150 lbs
13 - 0 - 3
160 cm
29
145 lbs
20 - 9 - 3
Abu Dhabi Champ
World class boxer
Insanely flexible
Excellent grappler
World class MT
Granite chin

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Ladies and gentlemen. This fight is 5 rounds, for the featherweight championship of the world!
Introducing the champion to my left, fighting out of the red corner.
With a record of 13 wins, 0 losses and 3 draws, fighting out of Las Vegas, Gareth Keenan!
And introducing the challenger to my right, fighting out of the blue corner.
With a record of 20 wins, 9 losses and 3 draws, fighting out of Amsterdam, Nico World Citizen!
The judges for this bout are Sam Margolis, Colin Fotheringham and Richard Clark.



The bell rings for round one and we are underway!
Keenan throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Nico World Citizen seems to be the more aggressive standup fighter in this bout.
Keenan throws a quick head kick that skims the top of World Citizen's head.
Keenan lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
Keenan has been working on his boxing with his coaches at Globo Gym in the buildup to the fight.
World Citizen gets cracked with a nice right hand there by Keenan.
World Citizen throws a leg kick but Keenan sees it coming and checks it nicely.
A big right from World Citizen misses.
A good leg kick by World Citizen.
Keenan cracks World Citizen with a right hand to the side of the head.
World Citizen throws a jab but it's blocked by Keenan.
Donk. World Citizen catches Keenan right on the button with a cross.
Keenan lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.
World Citizen misses with a looping left.
It appears Keenan was looking to counter with a kick there.
World Citizen fails to land with the punch combination there - jab, cross, hook, miss, miss, miss.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Keenan misses with an uppercut.
A swing and a miss from Keenan.
World Citizen misses with a looping left.
Keenan lands a lovely overhand right.
Keenan on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by World Citizen. World Citizen obviously looking to wear him down.
Keenan thuds his right hand into World Citizen's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.

That's one minute gone in the round.
World Citizen throws a leg kick but Keenan checks it.
Keenan appears to be looking for a big counter.
World Citizen tries to land a leg kick but Keenan saw it coming and moves away.
World Citizen throws a body punch but Keenan moves out of range.
Ooooh, nice body kick lands from Keenan. World Citizen shrugs it off though.
World Citizen misses with a looping right.
Keenan is using his reach advantage well here, landing the more effective single shots from range.
World Citizen chopping away at his opponent's legs.
A looping hook to the body misses from World Citizen. Keenan does a little dance to reset his feet.
A little feinted left hand from Keenan on the counter but he doesn't commit to it.
Keenan goes for a spinning back kick but it misses.
World Citizen misses with a leg kick
and Keenan counters with a straight right hand.
A slapping leg kick lands for Keenan.
Keenan throws a hook to the side of World Citizen's head but World Citizen sees it coming and ducks under it beautifully.
Keenan keeps the fight on the outside.
Keenan is using his height advantage well here, landing a good percentage of his punches.
Keenan looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
World Citizen misses with a low kick as Keenan jumps back.
Nice defenses there by World Citizen.
Thud! ouch! good body kick from Keenan - that will leave a mark!
World Citizen tries to score with an inside leg kick but telegraphs it and Keenan is able to avoid easily.
Keenan does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
And an attempted straight right on the counter from World Citizen! But no joy.
World Citizen is really struggling to land any decent head shots against his taller opponent.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
Keenan lands a slapping body shot.
This has been an exciting period of action!
World Citizen tries a low kick but Keenan avoids it.
World Citizen fakes and then throws a beautiful body shot. Keenan looks a bit winded and takes a step backwards to take a breath.
World Citizen swings and misses with a hook to the body.
A slapping leg kick lands for World Citizen.
World Citizen takes one on the chin but keeps coming.
World Citizen looks to land a right hand but Keenan moved out of range.
Keenan tries to move into range but World Citizen moves to the side and lands with a nice right hand.
Keenan misses with a low kick.
World Citizen throws a leg kick but Keenan sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Keenan scores with a push kick.
Keenan throws a good cross that connects.
Keenan moves into range and connects with a jab.
Keenan scores with a jab. World Citizen acknowledges it with a nod of the head.
World Citizen fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Keenan on the side of the head.
World Citizen catches Keenan with a nice straight right. He seems pissed - ooooh, it's on now! On like donkey kong!
World Citizen throws a body punch but Keenan moves out of range.
World Citizen throws a hard body shot but it just misses.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
A bone on bone clash there as Keenan blocks the leg kick.
World Citizen throws an overhand right that lands on Keenan's shoulder, as Keenan tries to avoid the shot.
World Citizen moves out of range of the body kick.
World Citizen drops his hands and takes a jab to the jaw for his troubles.
Keenan connects with a good right hand that stumbles World Citizen. World Citizen circles away out of range and recomposes himself.
Keenan scores with a leg kick.
World Citizen misses with an uppercut.
Keenan throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
Keenan rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and World Citizen connects with a straight left hand counter down the middle.
Keenan throws a hook but World Citizen avoids it easily.
Keenan throws a nice inside leg kick.
Keenan checks a leg kick.
World Citizen tries to close the distance and clinch but Keenan swats him to one side with an open hand palm strike and circles away.
World Citizen misses with a hook.
World Citizen tries a low kick but Keenan avoids it.
Keenan dances in quickly and lands a nice inside leg kick on World Citizen. That did some damage!
World Citizen displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Keenan throws out the jab.
Keenan misses with a low kick.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Keenan is moving around nicely and scores here with a single head shot.
Fantastic stuff here - a very entertaining period of action, which has drawn cheers from the crowd.
Keenan thuds his shin into the meat of World Citizen's side.
Keenan is really peppering his opponent's head with punches.

The fight moves into the clinch position.
World Citizen misses with some punches.
Keenan has a couple of punches blocked by World Citizen.
World Citizen lands a hook to the body. It's hard to tell if that hurt Keenan or not.
Keenan pushes World Citizen back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
Keenan goes for a body shot but it's blocked.
A short right hand to the side of the head by Keenan.
World Citizen throws a head punch that misses.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, World Citizen creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
With the fighters clinched against the cage, World Citizen creates a bit of distance for himself and scores with a nice uppercut.
Keenan wants to push off and get back to the center of the mat but World Citizen has him pressed against the cage.
World Citizen scores with a hook to the body.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Keenan blocks a couple of punches on the inside.
Keenan misses with a hook from the clinch.
A head punch on the inside from Keenan fails to land.
World Citizen makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
World Citizen scores with a shoulder strike.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

Gareth Keenan dominated that round.
That's the end of the round. The referee orders the cornermen out of the cage so we can get back down to business.


Keenan lands a nice looking kick to the body. World Citizen takes a step back to recover.
Keenan is pinned up against the cage taking some big shots here. The referee is looking closely deciding whether he should stop the fight.
Keenan with poor footwork there. He got himself in a bit of a tangle, enabling World Citizen to score with a decent uppercut.
World Citizen wants to clinch up but Keenan keeps it at a distance.
World Citizen blocks a head kick by Keenan.
World Citizen avoids the body shot from Keenan.
World Citizen throws a leg kick that is checked
and Keenan counters with a nice uppercut.
Keenan looking to throw a kick but he's pulled out of it.
Keenan looks to score with a jab to the body but World Citizen is just out of range.
World Citizen misses the shot to the body.
Keenan throws a jab when World Citizen was well out of range.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
World Citizen misses the jab.
World Citizen moves out of range as Keenan throws a body kick.
Keenan fakes with a right hand and throws a good leg kick, right into the thigh. That had to hurt World Citizen.
Keenan lands a beauty of a right hand that gets the crowd cheering.
The fighters circle momentarily. World Citizen darts into range and connects with a nice straight punch.
The crowd are loving this. Great action here.
Keenan misses with a body shot.

That's one minute gone in the round.
World Citizen needs to keep his hands up - Keenan had a free shot at his head there.
World Citizen tries to clinch but Keenan moves out of range.
Keenan tries to score with a low kick but World Citizen moves his leg out of the way.
Jab by Keenan.
World Citizen chopping away at his opponent's legs.
Keenan connects with a solid leg kick.
Keenan with a body punch. A glancing blow.
Keenan looks to score with a jab to the body but World Citizen is just out of range.
World Citizen scores with the left hand. Keenan knows he should have avoided that one.
World Citizen slips under a jab.
World Citizen lands a nice leg kick that just misses Keenan's sensitive parts.
Keenan checks the leg kick nicely there.
Keenan lands a nice looking body shot.
Keenan fakes a jab and scores with a low kick.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
A chopping leg kick lands by Keenan.
Keenan explodes with a nice body kick and back out of range. Nice work.
World Citizen moving in and out of range nicely, whilst landing the scoring shot.
Good shot there by Keenan.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
World Citizen lands with a shot to the body.
A jab from Keenan misses.
Keenan is really dominating this fight. Is there anything that World Citizen can do to turn this around?
Good work by World Citizen as he checks the leg kick.
World Citizen stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Keenan.
World Citizen is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
The fighters are starting to get sweaty, which will make takedowns a bit more tricky.
World Citizen walks forward, straight into a front kick from Keenan.
Keenan throws a predictable looking body shot
and World Citizen counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
World Citizen throws a big shot that misses.
World Citizen cracks the inside of Keenan's front leg.
Jab from World Citizen.
World Citizen tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Keenan paws at him with a jab and circles away.
World Citizen takes a step towards his opponent and connects with a left hand, before circling away.
Keenan thuds his right hand into World Citizen's forehead from close range. That could be painful for both fighters.
World Citizen throws a solid leg kick but Keenan takes the impact on his shin and smiles at World Citizen.
World Citizen misses with a body shot. Nice footwork from Keenan.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
World Citizen misses with an uppercut.
World Citizen attempts a low kick but it misses it's target.
World Citizen misses with a body shot.
A low kick from Keenan is predictable there
and World Citizen counters with a nice uppercut.
Keenan connects with an inside leg kick.
World Citizen throws a good cross that connects.

World Citizen darts in and clinches Keenan up against the cage.
A head punch blocked on the inside by World Citizen.
World Citizen's leg has a nasty welt from taking a succession of leg kicks. That must be slowing him down.
Still in the clinch, Keenan scores with a nice short uppercut.
A shot in the inside from World Citizen.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Keenan.
World Citizen blocks a punch to the side of the head.
World Citizen tries a shoulder strike but it doesn't do any damage.
World Citizen makes some space for himself and lands an uppercut.
World Citizen doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Keenan lands an uppercut.
Wooooo! Give it up for these two warriors! They are putting on a show!
Keenan throws a head punch that misses.
Keenan fails to land with a short punch on the inside.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
Keenan pushes World Citizen back against the cage and lands a hook to the side of the head.
World Citizen prevents a body shot from Keenan.
Keenan is looking to control World Citizen's arms but World Citizen gets an underhook and turns him. Now Keenan has his back to the cage.
Still in the clinch, World Citizen scores with a nice short uppercut.
A real battle for position is taking place between these two warriors.
Keenan blocks a punch to the side of the head.

Keenan pushes off and circles away, back to the middle of the mat.
Keenan fakes high and swings low for a body shot but World Citizen manages to avoid it.
Keenan thumps World Citizen with a low kick.
World Citizen throws a jab but it's blocked by Keenan.
World Citizen lands with a cross.
World Citizen throws a looping overhand right but Keenan ducks down to avoid it.
A decent looking body kick lands there for Keenan.
Keenan dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
Keenan swings and misses with a hook to the body.
Keenan ducks under a wild hook from World Citizen.
World Citizen scores with a nice strike.
Keenan misses with a straight left.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close second round but I would say that Gareth Keenan will probably get the nod.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action.


World Citizen lands a jab.
Keenan's jab looks to have found its range, popping World Citizen under the eye.
Keenan blocks a jab.
World Citizen tries to clinch but Keenan is having none of it.
World Citizen misses with a straight right.
Keenan throws a big shot that misses.
World Citizen misses with a body shot.
Keenan scores with a jab to the jaw.
World Citizen lands a really nice looking cross but Keenan seems unphased.
Keenan looks to land a body kick but World Citizen moved away.
Keenan stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from World Citizen.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
World Citizen does a little shimmy and throws a leg kick. The leg kick missed by a considerable margin though, making him look a little bit silly for doing the shimmy.
Keenan pivots as if he's going to throw a leg kick but stops half way.
A jab from Keenan misses.
World Citizen throws a body punch but Keenan moves out of range.
A telegraphed right hand from World Citizen misses the target.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Keenan on the wrong end of a decent looking cross there.

World Citizen rushes Keenan and presses him up against the cage.
An uppercut on the inside fails to land for Keenan.
Keenan doesn't land with the attempted body shot.
Keenan lands with a short head shot on the inside.
Keenan tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
Keenan works for underhooks and lands a body shot in the process.
World Citizen has developed a nice purple lump on his ribcage, as a result of some heavy body kicks from Keenan.
Keenan throws a punch but it's blocked by World Citizen.
Keenan struggles to land a body shot inside as World Citizen controls his hands.
World Citizen blocks an uppercut.
Keenan lands a hook that snaps the head of World Citizen backwards.
World Citizen misses with some punches.
A head punch on the inside from Keenan fails to land.
Keenan blocks an uppercut.
Keenan blocks an uppercut.
Keenan blocking some punches.
World Citizen lands an elbow just above Keenan 's eye.
World Citizen misses with the head strike.
Keenan lands a nice uppercut.
The crowd cheering loudly, showing their appreciation for the quality fight we're seeing here.
Keenan lands a hook to the side of the head.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
A right hook to the body lands for Keenan.
Nice body punch from World Citizen - that landed with a thud.
Keenan misses with a hook from the clinch.
World Citizen scores with a nice hook to the head.
A head punch on the inside from World Citizen fails to land.
Keenan misses with a punch on the inside.
Keenan lands a short shot on the inside that snaps the head of World Citizen backwards.
Keenan tries to land a shot to the body but it's blocked.
A short left from Keenan.
Keenan lands with a left to the head.
World Citizen working some nice short punches in the clinch.
World Citizen has a couple of punches blocked by Keenan.
Keenan lands on the inside with an uppercut.
World Citizen blocking some punches.
World Citizen lands a shoulder strike that jolts his opponent's head backwards.
Keenan blocks a body shot from World Citizen.
World Citizen tries a body shot but Keenan blocks it.
The pace slowing considerably in the clinch, as Keenan takes a break from that fighting nonsense to think about the finer things in life.
A right handed body shot lands from World Citizen.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
World Citizen scores with a nice hook to the head.

Keenan breaks from the clinch.
Keenan throws a leg kick but World Citizen checks it.
World Citizen scores with a big left there. The judges will like that one.
Keenan with a jab.
World Citizen has been working his punching technique in the buildup to the fight and it appears to be paying off.
Keenan throws a lazy right hand but World Citizen sees it coming a mile off and sidesteps it easily.
World Citizen looks to score with a jab to the body but Keenan is just out of range.
Keenan finds nothing but air with that leg kick attempt.
World Citizen has a pretty nasty looking mouse under his right eye.
Keenan looks to throw the jab but World Citizen is out of range.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from Keenan lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and World Citizen has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from World Citizen and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
World Citizen throws a hard body shot but it just misses.
World Citizen turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
World Citizen throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
Keenan is looking to counter punch.
World Citizen throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Keenan sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Keenan steps to the side to avoid the strikes from World Citizen.
World Citizen is the aggressor but that punch slipped nicely by Keenan.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
World Citizen missing with a left hand there. Keenan was out of range so wasted energy throwing that one.
Ouch! a nice leg kick from World Citizen, right into the meat.
World Citizen moves out of range of the body kick from Keenan.
Keenan's corner calls for a 1-2. Keenan obliges with the 1 part as he scores the single shot and moves back out of range.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
World Citizen stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from Keenan.
World Citizen is looking to take this fight into the clinch.
World Citizen feints and then cracks Keenan's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Keenan down.
Keenan throws out a loose jab but World Citizen uses good head movement to avoid it.
Keenan throws an overhand right that lands on World Citizen's shoulder, as World Citizen tries to avoid the shot.
World Citizen lands with a good body shot.
World Citizen tries to clinch
and Keenan counters with a thumping low kick.
World Citizen misses with an uppercut.
Keenan thows a body kick. World Citizen tries to catch it but that hurt him.
A low kick from World Citizen misses
and Keenan cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

That was a close round but Gareth Keenan did the better work so I'd imagine he'll take it.
The fighters get back to their feet, the hooter sounds and we're back to the action!


Keenan checks a leg kick nicely.
Keenan jabbing away but nothing is landing.
World Citizen displays some good footwork, moving neatly out of range as Keenan throws out the jab.
World Citizen throws out a loose jab but Keenan uses good head movement to avoid it.
Keenan has his front leg slapped to the side - a nice low kick landing there from World Citizen.
Keenan throws a front kick that sends World Citizen stumbling back into the cage.
Keenan misses with a low kick as World Citizen jumps back.
World Citizen defending well as Keenan loads up on a big left hand.
Keenan takes one to the chin there.
Oooooooooooh, not good. A low kick from World Citizen lands where it shouldn't have, right in the... well, you know what he did? He kicked him in the penis. He's injured, injured bad. The referee sends both fighters to their corners and Keenan has 5 minutes to recover. He's OK now though... a thumbs up from Keenan and we're back underway with a touch of gloves.
Keenan appears to be looking for a big counter.
World Citizen sees a low kick coming and goes to check it, but it's actually a body kick and it thuds into his unprotected ribs.
Gareth Keenan is winning the standup battle so far.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
World Citizen uses some good footwork to avoid the body shot by Keenan.
Keenan throws a half hearted mid kick.
Keenan walks straight into a jab right on the nose. That one stung - he's blinking and trying to clear his head.
Keenan ducks under a wild hook from World Citizen.
Keenan connects with a lovely jab that went straight through the gap between World Citizen's hands.
World Citizen lands a leg kick and bounces back out of range.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Keenan throws a big shot that misses.
Keenan tried to score with a low kick but World Citizen checks it.
World Citizen feints a counter leg kick.
Keenan takes a nice looking leg kick right on the meat of his thigh there.
Keenan takes one to the chin there.
World Citizen lands a straight punch to the body, keeping Keenan at a distance.
Keenan looks to throw the jab but World Citizen is out of range.
Keenan on the wrong end of an overhand right that came out of nowhere.
World Citizen lands a nice leg kick that just misses Keenan's sensitive parts.
World Citizen misses with a low kick as Keenan jumps back.
Keenan cracks World Citizen with an open hand slap.
World Citizen uses good footwork to avoid the strikes from Keenan.
A looping hook to the body misses from Keenan. World Citizen does a little dance to reset his feet.
World Citizen gets his head snapped back by a nice shot there.
Keenan lets loose with a powerful body kick. World Citizen will feel that in the morning.
Keenan is looking to slow World Citizen down with leg kicks.

That's two minutes gone in the round.
This has been an exciting period of action!
World Citizen on the receiving end of a decent leg kick there by Keenan. Keenan obviously looking to wear him down.
World Citizen slips under a jab from Keenan.
World Citizen defending well as Keenan loads up on a big left hand.
Nice straight punches there by World Citizen. You know Roy Jones Jr respects the hands of World Citizen.
Keenan keeping at a good range here, avoiding a leg kick.
World Citizen tries to land a leg kick but Keenan saw it coming and moves away.
Keenan keeping a good distance there, avoiding the body shot.
Keenan takes a thudding leg kick, right into the meat of the thigh.
Keenan keeping his hands up high there, blocking the jab from World Citizen.
Keenan delivers a nice body kick.
World Citizen throws a lazy uppercut
enabling Keenan to counter with a crisp jab.
Keenan throws a hook to the body but it doesn't connect.
World Citizen lands a right hook to the body.
Donk. Keenan catches World Citizen right on the button with a cross.
World Citizen throws a series of punches but Keenan avoids them all with ease.
Keenan connects with a lovely right hand, straight down the pipe.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Keenan tries to score with a low kick but World Citizen moves his leg out of the way.
Keenan scores with a jab to the jaw.
World Citizen tries to clinch but Keenan moves out of range.
World Citizen is looking to slow Keenan down with leg kicks.
Keenan is looking to slow World Citizen down with leg kicks.
A jab from Keenan misses.
Keenan moves away from the strike by World Citizen.
World Citizen walks into a jab.
World Citizen connects with the punch.
Keenan scores with a crisp jab that stopped World Citizen in his tracks.
Keenan throws a head kick but World Citizen moves out of range.
World Citizen throws an uppercut from half a mile away. Keenan sees it coming and avoids it easily.
Keenan moves out of range of the strikes.
It looked like Keenan wanted to counter with a hook but didn't fully commit.
World Citizen connects with a right hand. Keenan shakes it off.
Keenan takes a big uppercut there. He seems a bit wobbly but no, he's OK.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
We've seen a great period of action over the last minute or so - credit to both fighters for going all out!
World Citizen throws a jab when Keenan was well out of range.
Keenan fires out a quick counter leg kick but World Citizen just manages to avoid it.
World Citizen lands a body shot.
Keenan avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
A counter left hand to the body from Keenan misses its target.
World Citizen fakes low and throws an overhand right that catches Keenan on the side of the head.
Keenan throws a head kick but World Citizen moves out of range.
Keenan ducks down and throws a hook to the body but World Citizen moves away.
World Citizen listening to his corner there, landing a nice uppercut.
Keenan misses with a kick to the body.

World Citizen moves into range and clinches up with Keenan.
Keenan blocks a punch to the side of the head.

Keenan breaks the clinch and we're back to striking at distance.
World Citizen lands a leg kick that knocks Keenan off balance momentarily.
Keenan ducks under a wild hook from World Citizen.
A low kick from World Citizen misses
and Keenan counters nicely by changing levels and landing a hook to the body.
World Citizen avoids the body shot from Keenan.
The crowd applaud the fighters' efforts here as the round comes to an end.
World Citizen misses with a straight right.
And that’s the end of the round – the fighters go back to their corners.

A close fourth round but Nico World Citizen will probably get the nod - 10:9.
That's the end of the interval. I'm sure that seemed a lot quicker than a minute for our two fighters! Back to the action. This is the final round!


Keenan avoids a lazy jab quite easily.
World Citizen throws a body punch but Keenan moves out of range.
World Citizen throws a poor cross that misses
and he gets countered with a snapping leg kick.
World Citizen bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
A little jabbing left from World Citizen on the counter but it doesn't find it's target.
World Citizen swings widly with a right hand
and Keenan counters with a stiff right hand.
World Citizen bobs and weaves well there to avoid the strikes.
World Citizen fakes a couple of low kicks, before throwing one on the third attempt. It connects and Keenan has to reset his feet before getting ready to engage.
Keenan lands a pitter patter jab to the forehead of his opponent.
Keenan ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Keenan lands a jab to the nose.
World Citizen throws a monster uppercut resembling something out of street fighter but it doesn't land.
We've had a slow start to the round here - hopefully the action picks up.
World Citizen tries to clinch there but Keenan circles away.
World Citizen tries to close the distance and clinch up against the cage but Keenan paws at him with a jab and circles away.
Keenan sizes up World Citizen with a pawing jab and scores with a straight right down the middle.
An inside leg kick from Keenan misses.
Keenan stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from World Citizen.

That's one minute gone in the round.
Keenan steps to the side to avoid the strikes from World Citizen.
Keenan throws a leg kick but World Citizen sees it coming and checks it nicely.
Keenan misses with an attempted mid kick.
Keenan jabs World Citizen to the body, keeping him at a distance.
Keenan stumbles momentarily as he takes a strong leg kick from World Citizen.
World Citizen connects with a leg kick. He turned his hip over nicely there.
Keenan slips under a jab.
Keenan lunges in with an uppercut that skims his opponent's chin.
Keenan lands a really nice looking cross but World Citizen seems unphased.
Keenan misses the shot to the body.
A telegraphed right hand from World Citizen misses the target.
Keenan feinted there with a counter leg kick.
World Citizen throws out a loose jab but Keenan uses good head movement to avoid it.
Like a baseball bat into the meat of his leg there - nice leg kick by Keenan.
World Citizen lands with a thumping leg kick.
A swing and a miss from World Citizen.
World Citizen tries to clinch up but Keenan circles away and keeps his distance.
Nico World Citizen has stepped it up - he knows he needs a finish here!

That's two minutes gone in the round.
World Citizen feints and then cracks Keenan's leading leg with a nice low kick. He's obviously looking to slow Keenan down.
World Citizen thows a leg kick but Keenan checks it
and Keenan counters with a right hand to the body.
The fans in attendance giving it up for the two fighters, who have really let it all hang out in the last minute or so!
World Citizen uses decent footwork to sidestep a right hand from Keenan.
World Citizen misses with an uppercut
and Keenan counters with a leg kick.
World Citizen slips under a jab.
World Citizen throws a counter combo.
Keenan thuds a left hand into World Citizen's body.
Keenan lands with a thumping leg kick.
Keenan misses with an uppercut.
World Citizen ducks down and throws a hook to the body but Keenan moves away.
Keenan throws the kick towards the body but World Citizen avoids it.
Keenan turns his hip over beautifully as he lands a nice leg kick.
Keenan throws a body kick but he was well out of range there.
World Citizen uses good head movement to avoid the hook from Keenan.
Keenan lands a jab to the head.
World Citizen looks to land a left hand but Keenan moved out of range nicely.

That's three minutes gone in the round.
Keenan ducks under an overhand right and circles away with a smile on his face.
Keenan tries to land with a swinging hook to the body but World Citizen was well out of range. Poor timing from Keenan.
Keenan lands with a thumping leg kick.
World Citizen on the wrong end of a vicious looking body shot.
Keenan takes a shot right to the liver - Bas would have been proud of that punch.
Keenan slips in close and lands a nice hook before moving back out of range.
A nice leg kick lands there from World Citizen.
World Citizen misses with a wild combination.
Keenan lands a jab.
Keenan cracks the inside of World Citizen's front leg.
Good exchange - Keenan coming out on top.
Keenan avoids the body shot from World Citizen.
Keenan throws a quick counter kick to the body but World Citizen avoids it.
Keenan rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and World Citizen cracks him with a counter punch right on the button.

That's four minutes gone in the round.
This is a great period of action - very entertaining stuff!
Nice uppercut lands for Keenan. That snapped World Citizen's head back.
World Citizen lands a nice looking body shot.
A thudding body kick lands there by Keenan!
Keenan misses with an uppercut. World Citizen saw that one coming.
World Citizen waving his hands out in front of him, looking to distract Keenan.
Nice jab there from Keenan.
World Citizen lands with a cross to side of his opponent's head.
World Citizen fakes high and swings low for a body shot but Keenan manages to avoid it.
Keenan throws a leg kick but he was too far away and it doesn't land.
World Citizen rushes in with a sloppy looking punch
and Keenan counters with a crisp hook to the side of the head.
Keenan dips down and scores with a jab to the body.
Keenan cracks the inside of World Citizen's front leg.
World Citizen tried to score with a low kick but Keenan checks it.
A shot to the liver by Keenan. Beautiful body shot.
World Citizen throws a hook but Keenan blocks it.

And that's the end of the fight!
Gareth Keenan showed his dominance in that final round.
I think Keenan has won this one but let's see what the judges have to say. Over to the ring announcer for the scorecards.

Ladies and gentlemen, after 5 rounds of action, we go to the scorecards for a decision.
Judge Sam Margolis scores the fight 50:45
Judge Colin Fotheringham scores the fight 49:46
Judge Richard Clark scores the fight 50:46

In favor of your winner, by unanimous decision... Gareth Keenan!

Gareth Keenan retains his featherweight title!
Gareth Keenan thanked the fans post fight for their support.
In defeat, Nico World Citizen stepped up to the mic, saying 'Yawn, fucking reach.'.
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RATING
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