Jason Smalley has been named as one of the International Sport Kickboxing Association’s top competitors.
Following a year where he won bronze at the ISKA Amateur World Championships, Smalley has been shortlisted for the Fighter of the Year award in the amateur division.
“I’m absolutely buzzing,” he told The Standard. “But I was shocked to be nominated.
“There are three world champions in my category, it’s nice just to be put up alongside them.”
Smalley (above) will discover on Friday night whether his performances over the past 12 months have been enough to get the nod of approval from the ISKA board of directors.
However, his focus is already firmly on Saturday, where he will compete at the Clash of the Titans event at Huddersfield.
The full-contact team event puts competitors through gruelling fights.
He said: “It’s great to be involved as the people who fought in these were my heroes when I was younger.”
Smalley coaches at Kirton’s Zen Academy with fellow coach Dave Trotter.
Members have recently tasted success at the Watford Open.
Piera Parla finished her first-ever competition by winning the continuous section.
Kian Nicholls lost out in sudden death in the points section, while a poor judging decision cost Scott Bemrose in the continuous.
Ethan Chapman won his first-round contest, before missing out to European champion Mark Worth.
Pictured are Scott, Piera and Ethan.