Unit One Gym’s Muay Thai fighters got their year off to an exciting start by taking some impressive wins over the past week.
Eleven-year-old Travis Beaton became the gym’s latest junior champion, claiming the 34kg Celtic Strap in Manchester.
After a relatively even first round, Beaton set a blistering pace to which his Redditch-based opponent had no answer.
Several punishing clinch knees put his opponent down and Beaton remained the boss throughout, controlling the distance with his southpaw jab and scoring heavily with the left body kick.
Coach Rich Gent said: “We’re all delighted for Travis, it was great to see him really perform to the best of his abilities.”
Senior fighter Aaron Bacon wasted no time in securing his first professional win, taking less than 60 seconds to stop opponent Sid Dada.
The 6ft 4in fighter used his height to his advantage and a barrage of knee strikes opened a cut above Dada’s eye, forcing him to retire.
Bacon started fast and never let his opponent get going, but was surprised at the quick win.
“I was prepared for a five-round war,” he said. “But I knew it wasn’t going the distance once I started landing those knees.”
Helmsman Lockers has got behind Unit One’s two elite level junior athletes Hannah Turner and Joe Le Maire, providing funding for their imminent trip to Turkey to represent the UK in the IFMA World Championships.
The duo fly out on March 12, to take part in the event and have the honour of being the sole UK representatives in their categories after being picked by UK team managers.