Kickboxer Mikey Worswick is waiting on a European title fight after a successful defence of his British title.
The 19-year-old Kokoro gym member admitted he faced the toughest fight of his career at the weekend when he took on Europe’s number two Nigel Thomas in his first defence of the ISKA middleweight belt.
And the fight went the full nine rounds with former Rhyddings High School pupil Mikey, of Springhill Road, impressing all three judges.
"Nigel was from Luton and I could have taken the fight in Blackburn but I agreed to go to his territory," said Mikey who is the North West Area champion, the Northern champion, the twice English title holder and now the double British champion at his 75kg weight category.
"The ISKA put me up in a hotel and it was my toughest fight to date because Nigel was 81kg – a lot bigger than me and that was intimidating – and also because I was on his territory. I only had a few fans in the audience of around 1,000.
"I was really nervous going into the fight so I am really pleased to win.
"I am desperate to now have a go at the European title and hopefully that will be in the next six months."
In the meantime Mikey has been turning his hand to semi-professional boxing as he looks to add to his honours.
"It’s a way of keeping fit and it’s something I want to do in the future.
"I have had seven semi-pro boxing matches and won six and lost one but I have been training like mad and I will carry on.
"I just want to keep fighting and get more experience and, after the European belt, hopefully go for the world title."
Mikey, who had had 18 bouts, was the youngest kickboxer in England to win the English title, aged just 17.