Dominant fighters rise to challenge

DESERVED WINNER: Joe Le Maire (centre) pictured with his Celtic Challenge Championship belt alongside Paddy Sharkey (left) and Hannah Turner (right) as well as Unit One Gym trainers Richard Gent (top left) and Don Heatrick (top right)

DESERVED WINNER: Joe Le Maire (centre) pictured with his Celtic Challenge Championship belt alongside Paddy Sharkey (left) and Hannah Turner (right) as well as Unit One Gym trainers Richard Gent (top left) and Don Heatrick (top right)

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UNIT ONE GYM Young fighters, 14-year-old Joe Le Maire and 12-year-old Hannah Turner were crowned Celtic Challenge Champions after dominant displays at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Le Maire outclassed Paddy Sharkey to claim the title just a few weeks after narrowly missing out in a British title attempt against the highly regarded TJ Everett.

In a relentless 54kg contest, Turner overpowered Irish number one 13-year-old Beth Barrett to claim her second Muay Thai title.

Following up her success in Barnsley, Turner was in action again, challenging and defeating 2010 world kickboxing champion, former Commonwealth Thai boxing title holder and national ABA boxing champion, Jade Munro of Gorleston.

As well as Le Marie and Turner, fellow juniors Adam Heatrick and Travis Beaton and seniors Brandon Parks and Adam Prescott were also in action at the Barnsley show.

Both juniors were fighting for the first time and unfortunately came away from the show with narrow points losses.

Parks and Prescott were also making their professional debuts but like the juniors before them they also suffered defeats.

The referee was forced to stop Park’s fight in the fourth round after Jack Bell of Mandela Muay Thai landed a number of accurate punches, while Syd Pearson of MFA gym proved too strong for Prescott, claiming a unanimous points victory.