A TRIO of Solihull Kickboxers returned from the ISKA World Kickboxing Championships in Germany as Champions after taking on some of the best fighters in the world.
The three-day event was held in Stuttgart and attracted over 1,000 competitors from all over the globe.
Kieran Piggott, of Langley School, was the first England International to win a title. He got the better of tough fighters from Cyprus and Australia before beating the reigning champion from USA in the final to become the -60kg -18yrs champion.
Josh Walton, Kieran’s training partner and Lyndon School pupil emulated his friend’s performance by defeating National Champions from Ireland, Romania and Denmark on his way to the -54kg -18-years title.
After seeing his team mates from Gilmore’s Combat Sports Centre win gold, Sean Murrihy would settle for nothing less than a hat-trick of wins for the Solihull fighters.
The Archbishop Ilsley pupil beat fighters from the Ukraine and Scotland to secure the title of -46kg World Champion!
All three champions are trained by Paul Gilmore at The Combat Sports Centre in Solihull, who said: “For the last eight weeks, the lads have been pushed to the limit in training.
“I knew that this would be an extremely difficult competition to win. They now have something they can be proud of for the rest of their lives.”
Murrihy added: “Paul made us work so hard leading up to this tournament. Our club raised the money for us to go so we did not want to let them down. It shows that hard work pays off.”
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