Kickboxer crowned English champion
PUBLISHED: 12:48 16 November 2012
A KICKBOXER from Nailsea has become the World Ring Sports Association’s new English pro-kickboxing champion.
Ashley Lewis won the title in what was a tough and uncompromising five-round battle against Davie Cuss during a fight at the Best of the Best tournament in Bristol on November 3.
The 24-year-old’s victory was watched by a 1,000-strong crowd and was also filmed for TV by the Fight Channel.
Ashley dominated the fight early, winning each round with his superior kicking skills and dominant boxing.
His opponent was a worthy and highly-skilled contender and they battled toe-to-toe right up until the final bell.
The four ringside referees announced Ashley as the unanimous winner after a short deliberation and he was presented with the prized English Pro title, the champion’s belt and the champion’s trophy by fight referee Danny Sergiu.
Ashley said: “I’ve worked long and hard for this fight and winning the English pro title is a dream come true. “I’m going straight back to the gym to start training for my next fight.
“I want to be faster, fitter, stronger and 100 per cent ready to fight for the British pro title next.”
His long-time instructor and coach David Clatworthy said: “Ashley showed a great deal of skill and courage to overcome him and I’m very proud of him and so very pleased for him and his family.
“He is a real pleasure to coach and I believe he has the ability to become a world kickboxing champion in the very near future.”
Ashley began training in martial arts with local instructor Paul Tiley at Gordano Sports Centre in Portishead when he was nine and has stayed training with the same club and the Pro-K association since then.
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