Two young fighters represented Boston-based Evolution Martial Arts at the Flanders International Kickboxing Cup in Belgium.
Rhys Coleman and Nesta Baxter took part in the highly rated point fighting competition held in Beveren and they faced some top class competitors from across Europe.
Rhys, 17, competed in one of the first fights on the tatami on the Saturday of the two-day event in the Junior Men’s (16-18yrs) -57kg Point Fighting category.
In the quarter finals, Rhys fought a very good Italian fighter. The Boston fighter was the first to score with an impressive side kick which disrupted his opponent’s game. Rhys continued to dominate and won the bout to book his place in the semi finals where he faced a Russian fighter.
Again he fought very well but it was the Russian who came through and then went on to win the category. Rhys finished the division with a well-deserved bronze medal.
Later in the competition Rhys fought in the category above his weight in the Junior Men’s (16-18yrs) -63kg Point Fighting. In this weight category Rhys fought against a German fighter in the quarter final and put in another a great performance but just missed out on a podium position in this category.
Evolution head coach Linda Baxter said: “Rhys’ performances were very impressive and he should be very proud of himself for this achievement.”
Sixteen year old Nesta is the current WAKO World Junior Team Event Champion and individual world bronze medallist in kickboxing. In Belgium she fought in the Junior Women (16-18yrs) -55kg Point Fighting section.
She took on a French athlete in the quarter-final of the category and fought well to win her way through to the semi-finals.
There she came up against a Belgian fighter and produced a brilliant performance to earn a place in the final, which took place at the night show on the Saturday evening.
Nesta’s was one of the last fights of the evening and she was pitted against another British fighter.
Both fighters gave it their all and produced an exciting final.
Nesta put up a great fight but had to settle for second place on the night, picking up the silver medal.
Nesta then fought in the weight class above her own, the Junior Women (16-18yrs) -60kg Point Fighting. After beating a Belgian athlete in the quarter-finals, the Evolution fighter made it into the semi-finals.
She came up against a very good -60kg fighter from Ireland in her semi-final contest but it ended with two points to the Irish athlete, with Nesta taking a bronze medal in this weight division.
Nesta also competed in the Women (+18yrs) Grand Champion Open Weight looking to gain some good experience in this event.
Up against an experienced Swiss athlete, Nesta pushed her opponent all the way, only going down 8-7 when the Swiss fighter delivered a final head kick to score two points to take a hard fought win.
After winning a silver medal and two bronzes, both Evolution fighters should be delighted with their efforts in Belgium.