Sutton’s Kade Hardy last weekend powered his way to becoming the WKU British junior kickboxing champion in the 53k category at Alfreton’s Genesis Centre.
A pupil at Ashfield School, 14-year-old black belt Kade, who trains at Panthers Gym in Derby, took on Luke Kennedy from Ultimate Martial Arts Lincoln and won all five rounds on points.
That won him the British title to add to his English and Midland Area titles.
He is now having a week off, after being on a gruelling 10-week diet and training camp before Kade, dad Brendan, world champion Scott Taylor and trainer Doug Harrison get together to start training him again for his Commonwealth title bid in October.
Kade, who took up the sport at the age of six while a pupil at Orchard Primary School, went back to his old school in December to show off his championship belts after winning the English title.
Dad Brendan said: “Kade wants to become the best there is in his weight, so he needs to win the next three belts to do that which are the Commonwealth title, which is his next fight, then the European title and then become the world champion.
“Then he will pack up and start work on becoming a professsional boxer.
“As a dad what can I say about him?
“For a young boy to miss out on playing out with his friends to train every night, and when he starts his 10-week training camp before a big fight, to have no fizzy pop, sweets, crisps, chocolate or biscuits, that says a lot about what type of boy he is.
“We all want what is best for our kids, but I really do think he will go a long way.”