KOKORO Kick boxing club’s Ian Longson is the North West super welter weight champion after victory at St Helens which secured him a place in the top ten British Independent rankings.
The 30-year-old was headlining the event for the vacant title and he was up against Liverpudlian Kevin Atherton over five two minute rounds.
"It was a long night and long wait for Ian," said his coach Jason Curtis, with 12 adult bouts prior to Ian’s show.
However, the Accrington fighter pressed his opponent from the off and knocked Kevin down twice in the first round.
Round two brought more misery for the Liverpool fighter as he was felled again three times - the last time with a thunderous right body shot and Kevin was counted out.
Ian, ranked number nine in Britain, will fight again on 25 October in Derbyshire against British ranked number seven Aaron Robinson.
Trainer and Kokoro gym owner Curtis will top that bill as he bids to regain his ISKA British Middleweight crown against Lincoln’s Kevin Beckitt.
Jason, the ISKA English title holder, lost the British title earlier this year on a controversial points decision.
But it is vacant again and he will fight Beckitt, who has moved up from the 69 kg category to 72.5kg in the last year.
"I have been training hard and a number of my latest fights have been cancelled at the last minute so I am ready for it," said Jason.
Some of the younger members of the Dale Street club also competed at St Helens in the large full contact kick and thai boxing event.
Seventy children aged from six-16 were having a go with three from the Kokoro Club testing their fighting skills.
Bradley Reed was first up on number four of the 35 fights. He was up against a much taller opponent but did well and got a unanimous verdict to win his fight.
Then came Max Curtis, the youngest in the event aged just six years old. Max showed real class and knocked his opponent down four times in three rounds and again he got a unanimous win.
Chloe Curtis, who fought on the show last year in Liverpool and got fighter of the day, came up against an opponent twice her weight and three years her senior.
At just eight, Chloe is light but did show determination.