An East Durham College student has actually ended up being a world kickboxing champion in just his second fight in the sport.
Rhys Smith (visualized above), aged 15, was victorious in the World Traditional Kickboxing Association Intercontinental Junior Muay Thai Boxing Championship 51kg weight category.
The student, who studies on the college s 14-to-16 engage course, has just been training in the crazy88mma sport for 18 months and this is his first experience of competitive battles.
Rhys trained 4 days a week at Durham s Unity Gym in prep work and stated he is anticipating more fights in the future. These were my first genuine fights outside of the gym and I certainly wasn’t anticipating to come away with the title, stated Rhys.
Once I got through my semi-final I knew there was a chance that I could go on and win the final. I’m over the moon and actually happy with my accomplishment. I can’t wait to go on to my next fight which will ideally remain in the next number of months.