KICK-BOXER Steven Barnes is in seventh heaven after being crowned English champion.
The 20-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, has had a seven fight career - and has won them all.
But his latest victory was the best as it earned him the prestigious WKA English full contact title belt following a unanimous points verdict over current Midland area champion Andy Wragg of Evesham.
Wragg, an experienced fighter, was the favourite and Barnes spent four nights a week at Accrington's Fit to Fight Kick Boxing Club preparing for the fight.
"Steven is one of the most talented kick boxers we have seen in the gym," said trainer Billy Battrick.
"He can punch, kick, move and block and, when he fights, he fights for every second of the round."
Around 40 supporters travelled to Evesham to support Barnes who had a tough battle on his hands, facing Wragg on his home territory over five rounds.
But he wasn't overawed and he made a great start by sending his opponent crashing to the canvas in the first round after a well-timed side kick.
In the third round, a hard kick followed by a double jab hurt Wragg but he was saved by the bell.
Steven continued to punish his opponent and all he had to do in the last round was stay upright to win.
But he made sure he gave the crowd plenty to cheer about by pounding Wragg with hooks and uppercuts until the final bell.
"It is a brilliant achievement for Steven to win the WKA title as it is the most prestigious one," said his trainer.
"Everyone in the gym is really happy for him to win the English title."