Commonwealth kickboxing title for James Brown

PIctured, from left, are Oliver Currie, Spencer Harris (coach), Craig Young, James Brown, Andy Melton (coach) and Lucas Forinton.
PIctured, from left, are Oliver Currie, Spencer Harris (coach), Craig Young, James Brown, Andy Melton (coach) and Lucas Forinton.

Boston TKMA fighter James Brown has claimed a Commonwealth kickboxing title.

Competing on a show in Walsall, he took on reigning champion Stevens Berteaux at 71kg level.

After being stunned by a second-round body shot, James threw a body shot to drop his opponent.

Berteaux got to his feet but James landed another body shot to stop his opponent and become champion.

The club has also seen Craig Young claim the English 72kg title.

In Derby he faced James Reeves, giving away 4kg.

Craig put his opponent on the canvas in the first and second rounds before completing victory with a knockout right cross.

Prior to claiming his title, Brown missed out on a 71kg European kickboxing acolade.

The Boston TKMA fighter, who went into the bout unbeaten, took on France’s Amine Ziani in Lincoln.

After four even rounds, James was looking strong until a nice hook put him on the canvas.

James got up to carry on , stunning his opponent with a spinning side kick to the face in the seventh and final round, but as the bell rang he was unable to follow up on his strike, leaving the Frenchman to claim the judges’ decision.

James was one of four members of Boston’s TKMA club who took part in a night of full contact kickboxing in Lincoln.

Thirteen-year-old Lucas Forinton was making his debut at 45kg.

After his opponent came out fast, Lucas stayed composed and landed a lovely second-round body hook to stop his opponent.

Craig Young, weighing 71kg, was looking for his third win in his fourth bout.

Both fighters landed big shots and both got caught, Craig landing a right cross to put his opponent down on the canvas for an eight count in the second.

In the third round Craig stepped it up and knocked his opponent out with a left hook.

Also taking part in Derby, Lucas Forinton stopped his opponent with multiple shots in the second round.

Oliver Currie made his debut at 72kg and won in the third round, stopping his opponent with a spinning side kick.