Danny Harrison-Little from Barmby Moor has been named British Chang Cup Muay Thai champion after defeating Liam Barker in Bournemouth.
This was a B-class contest fought over five two-minute rounds, where knees to the head are allowed, but no elbows. Danny has only been training for 14 months and has had what his coach Rich Cadden describes as a “meteoric rise”.
Danny’s record now stands at six fights, five wins, one loss, with five knockouts. It was a knockout in round three which brought him this title, with an impressive knees to the head move.
The 21 year-old fights out of Chokdee Academy, based on York Business Park in Poppleton, and is trained by Rich, who is two-times World Champion and two-times European Champion.
Danny is now en route to Thailand to train at Jitti Gym in Bangkok for the next two months. This is where Rich fought for the past 15 years, and he organised this high-level training to keep Danny on the winning streak.
Danny’s next fight in the UK will be in June/July in Leeds.
Rich established Chokdee in 2005 after winning his first world title. With its growing success and a fight career of over 60 professional bouts, he is now looking to pass this on to the next generation.
Chokdee Academy opened as a full time Fitness and Martial Arts Academy in November last year and is growing from strength to strength. It also offers Brazilian Ju Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) as well as functional fitness programmes for all ages and abilities, as well as Yoga, Bokwa, Zumba and Yumi Mummy Fitness classes.
Rich is also a hypnotherapist by trade, and is keen to exploit both mind and body in his training, giving an overall sense of mental and physical wellbeing.