THERE was cause for double celebration in the Manning household this week as mother-and-son kickboxing sensations Lisa and Travis were both crowned World Kickboxing Council English National Champions.
The Bury St Edmunds duo travelled to Ipswich to compete in the tournament and came away as champions with 12-year-old Travis claiming success in the under 40kg category, stopping both Croydon Phoenix opponents in the first round, before 37-year-old Lisa returned from a year’s absence to replicate her son’s success in the under-70kg weight category.
Lisa could not hide her delight as she spoke about the championship titles capture of her and her son, who have been declared double and triple national champions respectively.
“We are both delighted to have gone to the national championships and come back as champions,” she said.
“It is extremely unusual to have two members of the family going and winning national titles and what makes it more unique is the fact we are a mother and son.
“There are not a lot of women in the sport and that makes it more special for us and gives us that unique bond.
“He loves the fact his mum is also in the sport and he always cheers me on by the side of the ring.”
It was a well-deserved win for the pair, who have spent the last three years training and sparring together at the K9 Gym in Great Yarmouth and, while Travis is now targeting the defence of his World Championship title in Florida later this year, Lisa has conceded she has considered retiring from the sport.
“We always train together and we spar against each other, which is lovely apart from getting beaten up by your son,” she added.
“Travis will be targeting the World Championships in September but I have thought about retiring because I am not getting any younger.
“However, every time I try Travis will drag me along to training which has kept me going.
“We are both really proud of each other and he is the main reason why I can’t retire just yet.”