Accrington fighter gets a kick out of title

Hamayoon Kasser

Hamayoon Kasser

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

Hamayoon Kasser has been crowned Commonwealth kick boxing champion after a ‘Rocky’ style victory over the hard-hitting Luke Jones.

The Accrington fighter went toe-to-toe with his Birmingham opponent at a packed Audley Sports Centre to win the World Kick Boxing Association title.

The bout was the top of the bill fight at the Blackburn venue which also included 10 title contests.

“In all the fights I have watched and been involved in, this is up there with the best,” said coach Billy Battrick of the Fit To Fight Club in Accrington.

“It was real Rocky stuff and both fighters really went for it. Everyone were on their feet at the end.”

Hamayoon, a former head boy at Ribblesdale High School, adds the Commonwealth belt to his three English and two British titles.

He is now hoping to fight for a European title – either in this country or abroad.

“Hamayoon will take a deserved rest before we decide what to do next,” added Battrick. “But we will be working on getting him a shot at a European title.”

Hamayoon, 17, a straight A student now studying at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School sixth form, won the five round contest on a unanimous points decision.

However, each round proved to be a real battle.

The home fighter made his mark in the opening round with a shuddering front kick.

Knockout merchant Jones hit back in the second and hurt Hamayoon with a body punch only to be caught with the sweetest of roundhouse kicks. The third was brutal with both fighters hurt, Hamayoon from a solid punch while another straight kick sent Jones flying across the ring.

With Jones behind and looking for that knockout punch, Hamayoon kept him at safe distance with some devastating kicks to win the breath-taking title fight.

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