Clitheroe kick boxer Mikey wants Euro title

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MIKEY Worswick has added yet another kick boxing title to his growing collection.

The 20-year-old, who works at Ultraframe in Clitheroe, claimed the ICO British middleweight kickboxing title at Kidderminster last weekend.

And father Richard laughed: “We have no room in the house for his belts anymore.”

Mikey already had eight titles going into his latest bout - including the ISKA British and Commonwealth belts – and now he hopes to take on the continent.

In Kidderminster he beat Mohammed Quronfleh, knocking him out in the fifth round.

“His opponent said to him afterwards that it was like being hit by a sledgehammer and Mikey hit him with his right hand – and he is left-handed!” said proud dad Richard.

“I had butterflies and missed the actual fight as I don’t like to see him get hurt – but he hasn’t yet.

“Mikey is the quietest lad in the world out of the ring but when he gets in there, he changes completely.”

He would now like to fight for the ICO light-middleweight title, before a tilt for the ISKA European crown.

Jason Curtis, coach at Kokoro in Accrington, said: “He fights at 74.4kg, which is perfect for middleweight and, at light middleweight, he will fight at 72.5kg.

“He has no problems going down to that weight as he is in great shape.”

The ICO title fight is scheduled for the middle of next month, before a potential shot at the European title in Luton against Frenchman Frank Tamas at the end of April.

“That’s the one he wants but it hasn’t been confirmed yet. We are confident he can win that.”

Mikey now has 16 wins in 17 contests, with his only defeat coming in a dubious points decision.

His aim is to get a world kickboxing belt before he follows clubmate, Clitheroe’s Luke Blackledge into to boxing, where so far he has had semi-professional with six fights – with five wins and one draw.