Kickbox kids fight their way to British titles

CHAMPIONS -- Josie and Jack with their British title belts
CHAMPIONS -- Josie and Jack with their British title belts

HARD-HITTING kickboxers Josie Callum and Jack Goodman, of Hucknall, have landed British titles — at the tender ages of just 11 and six.

The fledgling duo impressed at the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) national championships in Birmingham.

Eleven-year-old Josie, of Oakenhall Avenue, has been training with Hucknall Town Kickboxing Club for only nine months. She starred in the 30-35kg category in the ten-to-13-year-olds’ age group.

Although only six, Jack, of Lime Tree Road, has been with Hucknall Town since the age of three. He won the belt in the 20-25kg section in the six-to-eight-year-olds’ category.

Keg Capeness, supremo of Hucknall Town Kickboxing, who are based on Portland Road, said: “I am absolutely chuffed to bits with their performances. They did brilliantly.”

At the championships, Josie had to fight just once and beat Sarah Langley, of Birmingham, gaining a unanimous points’ decision over three one-and-a-half minute rounds.

Jack fought two bouts, beating old rival Kray Cumberland, of Birmingham, on points in the first and then outpointing Jake Livingstone, of Retford, in the second.

Although not entered for titles, four other Hucknall Town members had fights at the championships and all won. They were Josie’s sister, Lucy Callum (nine), Jake’s brother, Jayden Goodman (seven), Jake Bignall (six), of Deptford Crescent, Bulwell, and Sasha Reid (11), of Bulwell Hall Estate.