A TEENAGE fighter from South Tyneside has won a Commonwealth kick-boxing championship after putting his skills to the test in the ring.
Adam Jenson was one of two Kuei-Ling students to travel to Perth, Scotland, for the bouts.
The 16-year-old was fighting for the vacant 55kg full contact title while his cousin, Lewis Nelson, was hoping for the chance to claim the vacant 72kg full contact title.
The fights, which took place last month, had been sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association (WKA).
First degree black belt Adam, who also holds the Golden Belt British title at 52kg and WKA title at under 50kg, managed to take the title with an unanimous win, but Lewis wasn’t so lucky.
The 19-year-old, who has been training for 11 years, narrowly missed out after the judges ruled by a majority the bout was a draw.
Lewis, also a first degree black belt, holds the North East WUMA title and the Golden Belt British Title at 72kg, and the English WUMA title.
Steve East, senior Kuei-Ling coach at the club, based at South Shields Fight Factory in Frederick Street, South Shields, said: “Both of these lads trained really hard for eight weeks for their fights, with the coaching team around them.
“It was a pleasure to coach these lads, who trained with maturity and motivation for all this time.
“It was also unique that these lads are cousins as well as club-mates, and this was a very special and proud occasion for their families.
“The Kuei-Ling Kickboxing Club has many promising young fighters coming through the ranks.”
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