The TKO Kickboxing team have completed their training and in just two days time they will be in flight to the International Kickboxing Federation World Classic in Florida ready to do battle with fighters from all over the world. It’s 3 years since we last attended this event and then we were one of the most successful there taking 3 golds and 2 silvers from a team of just 9 and although the team this time is smaller and it’s fair to say less experienced than the last we are hopeful that the 6 fighters representing us this time will do everyone proud.
Alex Manning is in the best form of his career having just recently won the Southern Area super-welterweight title and will represent the team in that division in Florida. The draw will be most important here as waiting for him is the very experienced Canadian fighter Marco Capobianco and a meeting with him would represent the toughest test so far for Alex but he is up for the challenge and turned down an opportunity to move to a possibly weaker division so he can hopefully get to meet the Canadian
Kelly Copeland and Claire Carr both take part in the women’s lightweight division and so therefore a meeting between the two is very possible. Both of course are friends as well as team mates but they are willing to put that aside if it happens and both will give it their all.
Kay Sumner from Gillingham is the least experienced member of the team but is determined to give it her best. She scored a knockout win in her first fight last year and then after joining the TKO team scored a points win over a tough International opponent from Ireland. Its that sort of form she will need to reproduce here to stand a chance of winning.
Jenna Yates is the lightest member of the team and takes part in the Atomweight division and like Alex she is set to meet top Canadian opposition with McKenzie Wright from Montreal waiting for her, whilst the team is completed by its oldest member Garthy Shove.
Garthy would be the first to admit he has failed to do himself full justice over the recent period with his weight going up far above his natural division, but now is sitting right at his career lightest weight and TKO Chief Instructor Colin Payne believes that he is fitter than he’s ever been and will take some beating.
The team is led by TKO coaches Colin Payne and Wayne Rodrigues and although the event will be held in Florida just a stones throw from Disney World this is far from being an holiday and the team is focussed only on one thing, winning. The team would also like to thank their sponsor King Boxing for supplying them all with tracksuits for the trip.
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