Kickboxer Mickey Worswick has conquered Britain – and now wants to take on the world and make history.
At 17, the former Rhyddings High School pupil became the youngest English professional title holder when he claimed the middleweight crown.
And, after clinching the British title recently, he is now aiming to have a go at the world title before he is 21.
"Mike Tyson is the youngest professional world title holder aged 21 so my aim is to get a world title by the time I am 20," said the 18-year-old. "I believe I can do it."
Mickey only turned to kick boxing six years ago: "I was being bullied and my dad told me that shouldn’t be happening and so I took up the sport.
"The ISKA (International Kickboxing Association) let me turn professional at 17 which is unusual but, at 16, I had won the amateur North West title.
"I went on to challenge for the English title and made history, at 17, for being the youngest person to win an English title as a pro."
Mickey, who is a bricklayer at Ultra Frame in Clitheroe, has been a member of a number of clubs but is shining under Jason Curtis at Kokoro gym on Dale Street where he is building up his belt collection.
He had successfully defended his English title before he faced three-time British champion Dale Dixon, from Wolves, at Blackburn for the British belt.
It went over nine rounds but the verdict was unanimous in Mickey's favour.
And he deserved it, training six times a week as well as running between seven and 10 miles three times a week to keep fit.
"It was great to win in front of the home fans at Blackburn and all my friends were there to support me. They are really proud of me. I now hope I can go for the Commonwealth title and then my aim is for the world title."
Coach Jason Curtis said: "I think he will get a world title before he is 21. The current world title holder is Tommy McCaffrey and, although I lost to him, I know all about him and so Mickey will know all about his opponent.
"To be a professional at 18 is a huge achievement and he has been a pro for 18 months and we know he is a good one.
"Mikey’s fight was the highlight of the night where Kokoro club had 16 fighters, with 13 wins.
"Mickey was up against the British champion, who had already defended his title once but he broke his nose in the second round and won all the rounds."
Meanwhile Accrington’s Fit to Fight gym has two new full contact kick boxing champions from their trip to Ellesmere port.
Accrington’s Hamayoon Kasser, 14, who already holds the area and English titles for his age and weight category – Under 17s under 57kg – won another full contact English title.
This time it was the World Kickboxing Assciation (WKA) title – the oldest and largest governing body for full contact kick boxing in the world.
By stopping local fighter Kriss Jones in the second round with a roundhouse kick to the body, Hamayoon won by TKO. He has won 25 bouts with only four losses.
Paul Thomas, 37, also became the cruiserweight full contact English champion by outpointing Eric Deaville of Stoke.
After five two-minute rounds of fighting, Thomas was declared the unanimous points winner – a fitting end to good year for him.
He has trained and fought for the past five years and was given the title chance on short notice and pulled out a great display of skill to outpoint his power punching opponent.