Pint-sized star of kickbox ring

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A PINT-sized kickboxer from Hucknall defied his stature to grab a Midlands title during a show staged in his home town.

Seven-year-old Jayden Goodman (pictured), of Lime Tree Road, is one of a talented crop of up-and-coming fighters who train out of the Hucknall Town Kickboxing Club on Portland Road.

He was the star of the show at an event which attracted 300 spectators to the George Street Club on St Mary’s Way.

Jayden outpointed rival Mitchell Abercrombie, of Stoke-on-Trent, to take the belt.

Other fights on the night saw victories for Hucknall brothers Declan (16) and Nicky Weaver (13), as well as their sister, Taylor Weaver (nine).

Sasha Reid (13) and Jayden’s brother, Jack Goodman (six), also won their bouts.

Sadly, another Hucknall Town fighter, Josh Thrower (13), lost his Midlands title fight to Ryan Fahey, of Lincoln.

Two boxing matches were also on the card, with debutants Julia Lindo (36) securing a first-round knockout but Steve Warner (30) suffering defeat by a knockout.

Keg Capeness, who heads Hucknall Town Kickboxing Club and arranged the event, said: “It was a fantastic night all round. There was an electric atmosphere.”

A scheduled kickboxing bout between Nathan Capeness, of the Hucknall club, who was due to fight for the International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) British title, had to be cancelled after his opponent pulled out because of injury — DISPIC NHUD11-2963-1.