K.9 fight team earn their places in the sun

Benidorm bound: The K.9 Fight Team heading to Spain for Kickboxing Championships.

Benidorm bound: The K.9 Fight Team heading to Spain for Kickboxing Championships. - Credit: Archant

There were great results for the K.9 Fight Team (Yarmouth and Lowestoft) who are based at Legends Fitness Academy, Cobholm, at the British Open Amateur Championships in Birmingham at the weekend.

K.9 had 11 entries, three seniors and eight juniors. The event was a qualifier for the World Amateur Kickboxing Championships to be held in Benidorm in November.

Dan Mitchell (22) was in fine form winning his semi-final against a top London fighter from the KO Gym with a skilful display. He then beat Modestas Andrijauskas in a very tough and close final to win the Mens -65 kilo K.1 rules gold medal.

Carlos Carvalho (20) had a tough Brazilian Ju-jitsu and MMA Champion from Birmingham as his opponent in his final, but his more powerful low-kicks and slightly better boxing won him the unanimous points decision to win the -60 kilo K.1 gold medal.

Henry Holden won the bronze medal in the -70k Amateur Men’s MMA with a great display.

Remy Sayer (13) won the -42k Full Contact gold medal in a tough final where he had to pull out all the stops. A great result for the 10 times schoolboy champion, he was also awarded the K.1 -42 kilo gold on a bye.

Keira Sayer (8) moved up a weight category as there were no opponents in her group and won a great silver medal in the girls -31kilos K.1 having two superb fights and was given K.9 fighter of the tournament by coach Dave Munro.

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Keira also got byes in the Full Contact and K.1 in the -27 kilos categories.

Brodie Munro (7) won the K.1 -23 kilos Boys Category gold with two very technical displays against fighters from top Muay Thai Gyms, very impressive as it was only his first open Championships and he has only been fighting for a year.

Lowestoft’s Hadley Neller (10) had two very tough bouts and got the silver in the -31 kilos Full Contact Category, doing a great job in a tough category.

Tia Sayer (14) moved up a category and wasn’t at her best but still ended up with the silver medal in the K.1 -62 kilos Girls Category, Tia also got two byes in the K.1 -58 kilo and Full Contact -58k Girls.

Ashton Neller (9) didn’t medal but fought really well. Other medalists were Connor McAleese -27 kilo boys Full Contact gold (bye in final) and Sophie Kemp +70 kilo girls Light Contact gold (also a bye in the final).