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Ish gets a kick out of films - Kent Messenger March 9, 2001
champ Itse Ayonmike is verging on being as big a hit out of the
ring as he is in it.
newly crowned Brtitish middleweight kickboxing champion, who
lives in Maidstone, hopes future opponents will be seeing
stars way before they come into contact with his flailing
The 27 year old aspiring actor, known as Ish, took the vacant
British middleweight crown two weeks ago and hopes his all
action displays will catapult him onto the big screen.
It may not be too long a wait, however, before Mr Ayonmike,
who works as a bouncer in Tunbridge Wells, gets his shot at
The kickboxing champion has just finished filming a gangster
movie, which premieres at the Cannes Film Festival later this
Called Hell To Pay, the film stars notorious gangland hardman
Dave Courtney and other well known faces including page three
model Jo Guest, musician Goldie, boxer Julius Francis and
Sun columnist Garry Bushell.
Mr Ayonmike (pronounced Iron-mike), of Pope Street, Maidstone,
said "The film is in the same style as Lock, Stock and Two
Smoking Barrels but itŐs not comedy, itŐs serious stuff. A
lot of people get shot.
"I actually gt contracted for the film because of my reputation
as a kickboxer and have a speaking role as a bodyguard."
Mr Ayonmike, who also starred in the Kentish Players production
of Fame at the Chatham Central Theatre, added: "Apart from
kickboxing the part in Fame was one of the biggest things
I have done and it was absolutely enjoyable."