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Kickboxer Gene lifts British belt and heads east

Great Barr kickboxer Gene Smith clinched the ISKA British belt this week with a stunning victory.


The 16-year-old continued his impressive form as he prepares to face the best in the world in Thailand at the world championships next year.

The Sutton College student has found it difficult to find matches as his reputation grows after a lightning run of form earned him Midland, British World Muay Thai titles.

However, the fighter became the ISKA British champion at a rare home fight at North Solihull Leisure Centre, winning on points against Fin Mueller from Wales at 55kg, The fight was matched prior to the event by the organisers.

The WBC World Mauy Thai Games are in February at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. However, his next fight is on December 16 against Josh Duncan in Liverpool.

He said: “I am delighted with another victory and another title. Everything I am doing is working towards the world championships in Thailand.

“I loved every minute of representing my country at the WBC World Championships in Venice in June and in Canada the year before at the World Muay Thai Games.

“But know I have to be 100 per cent dedicated to the sport for me to compete with the best in the world in Thailand.

“Being in Asia, where the sport originated, makes me even more excited to fight in Thailand.”

Gene’s coach is Steve Logan, who first set up the first K-Star in Kingstanding more than 30 years ago and has subsequently opened branches in Quinton, Sheldon, Oldbury, Aldridge and the most recent gym in Walsall.

He said: “Sunday was another brilliant performance by Gene, we know the entire division, junior and adult fear him and this is brilliant for when he represents his country in Thailand next year.”