Joshua Allen, son of celebrity chef Rachel, thanked his father Isaac for always “being there and supporting him” after his first K1 fight as part of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
The 21-year-old won the fight in Limerick on Saturday night and shared a series of photos and videos on his official Instagram page.
He fights for the Samson Martial Arts Club in Co Cork.
He posted: “I took the decision victory today in my first fight in K1, I didn’t perform as well as I wanted but still happy to get a win in something in which I am not comfortable.
“As always, a big thank you to everyone at Samson Martial Arts for all you do for me and my dad for always being there and supporting me.”
Rachel Allen posted several blue hearts in support of her son.
K-1 is a fighting format that combines different elements of all martial arts, including karate, kickboxing, and kung fu. The “1” designates the best.
In February 2020, Joshua was sentenced to 30 months in prison for possession of more than € 22,000 of cannabis for sale and supply, with a 15-month suspended sentence provided he was of good conduct.
Last week, the re-entry of the sentence for the suspended part was triggered by a new two-month sentence imposed on him for consuming a small amount of cocaine since his release from prison.
Attorney for prosecutor Donal McCarthy said the appeal of this new two-month sentence would only be heard in December and the review of revocation of the 15-month suspended sentence should therefore be adjourned in court. Cork Circuit Criminal Court until after this appeal to the District Court.
Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin adjourned the circuit court case until February 1, 2022, with the accused being remanded in custody.
Allen from Ballynamona in Shanagary, County Cork, is appealing his conviction for detaining € 280 worth of cocaine on July 10, 2020 at Pontoon, Midleton, Co Cork.
In a court appearance on September 2, Allen’s lawyer Don Ryan said his client is making huge strides in his life, especially in the past few months. He told the court that Allen trains five days a week in mixed martial arts (MMA) and does two days a week of farm work.
He also started his own stone carving business after discovering that he had a “flair” for such a craft. Mr Ryan said Allen severed ties with anyone involved in alcohol and drugs.
“He took it all out of his life. He couldn’t do what he does if it was in his life. He is doing well. He made enormous efforts. He follows up with the Cuan Mhuire (addiction) follow-up by Zoom on Saturdays. ”
Mr Ryan said Allen channeled all of his energy into martial arts and stone carving.
“He’s been doing a lot of things in the past six to nine months. He receives orders (for his stone sculpture.) ”