STEVEN Barnes will fight for a English crown after winning his kick boxing title eliminator in Ripley, Derbyshire.
The 19-year-old Accrington Fit to Fight Kick Boxing Club battler stopped his opponent in the third round after dominating the middleweight fight against Mark Wilson, from Coventry, from the bell.
"His opponent tried to hurt Steven with upper cuts and hooks but Steven would not be denied his chance of a title fight," said coach Billy Battrick.
Barnes landed a perfect side kick to his opponent's head and followed it up with a barrage of punches forcing the ref to stop the fight in the third round.
Steven has had six fights - all won with a stoppage - and he will now face an unnamed opponent as yet in Coventry in October for his chance to be the English champion.
He is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ian Longson, a welterweight who won an English title with the Accrington club six years ago.
Daniel Battrick, seven, also faced a tough opponent on the night in British school boy champion 11-year-old Ben "The Terror" Taylor.
"Both lads didn't have a fight so they decided to do a light demo bout but Daniel took it a lot more seriously," said Billy, of his son who attends St Oswald's School and has been kick boxing since he was four.
"Ben, his fighter was experienced with 21 fights but Daniel came out all guns blazing forcing the champion into a fight. Daniel never quit and gave the champion a hard time."
It was only Daniel's second match and the judges declared the bout a draw.
And another Accrington kick boxing member Daniel Clarkson, 20, was also on the same bill and he was making his debut but came up against a much bigger and more experienced fighter.
But Daniel gave his opponent one of the hardest bouts of his nine fight career.
It was voted the "Fight of the Night" as both men fought each other to a standstill and in the end, the judges declared it a draw.
And Dylan Brown, 10, also took part in Ripley in a demo bout.
The Accrington kick boxing club is open every night from six pm onwards and is available from people aged 6-60. It is based at the back of the Poplar Club on Wellington Street.