The weekend of April 1st & 2nd 2023 see’s the return of the legendary ABS Series and this time we have
not one but two spectacles of strength; Series 12 Pro-AM and Clash of the Titans.
The weekend will see epic head to head battles, colossal lifts and a prize pot of €6000…and of course the obligatory fire breathers.
Clash of the Titans is Europes first total only meet, with entrants required to already have a 900kg total to be allowed to even step foot on the platform. Because as we all know…there’s no Dots in the jungle – and we have plenty of animals looking to prove that. If the Titans bring their A game, there lies the possibility of multiple 1000kg+ totals being achieved. However in powerlifting, the stakes are high and the margin for error is low, so any mistakes will leave the door wide open.
Reigning ABS Pro champion Sir Dave “The Technician” Richardson, who took the belt in August 2022,
walks onto the platform with his 1012.5kg total – and is back and ready to claim the Titan win. “Everyones
eyes are on someone else and I’ll just come through and do what I need to do”. Will his underdog
mentality be what he needs to claim victory once again, or will a hungrier dog be waiting?
ABS own home grown lifter – Mr 1000kg Jake Brennan – will certainly have something to say about that.
“We always go to win – we’re all going for first” – and squatting 410kg 4 weeks out from the competition
makes it a strong chance he could be standing tall on the top of that podium.
There’s the chance of numerous 400kg+ pulls over the weekend, however a Titan from across the pond is looking like 400kg might just be his deadlift opener. Fernando Arias will be making his ABS debut, and by the looks of it, making it one to remember. If it comes down to the final pull, could the belt be heading
back to the USA?
Nick Thicc Mellor will be taking to the ABS platform for the 3rd time and with two previous podium finishes he’ll be fighting to be stood at the very top of the podium this time. Nick is known for his gutsy attempt selection – will we see a 9 for 9 Nick make all the right winning calls to finally take him there..or will the devil on his shoulder take over?
After his ABS Pro debut last year, the goliath of a man Topias Cunningham is coming back for more and
is tipped as Finland’s best man to take home the belt. “Despite a lot of obstacles, seems to be pulling
together nicely” and many, including Jake Brennan himself, are excited to see how he performs on the
An honorable mention Eamonn Harford, an ABS veteran who was putting everything he had into his prep
for this competition. Unfortunately a devastating blow was dealt due to an unexpected serious injury to his pec. Eamonn was one of the favorites to podium and his presence will be missed on the platform.
With 11 Titans competing for the coveted belt and title, it’s anyone’s game. Where every kilo counts,
strength and strategy will both come into play for these monsters of mass on Europes toughest platform.
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