Nine-year-old Ethan Hickling had the biggest fight of his young life at a major Thai boxing show at York Railway Institute last weekend.
The youngster, trained at Maltby Thai Boxing Club by former British and European champion Phil Glover, was in action at the ‘Night of the Legions’ event, along with fighters from up and down the country.
Hickling was cornered for the fight by Glover, along with mum Louise, who also trains at the Maltby club.
This was only his second fight, but a major step up to step in between the ropes on such a major show.
Hickling’s opponent was Keiran Morris from Newcastle, a year older than the Maltby prospect, and the duo kicked off the show to entertain a massive crowd.
Fighting over three rounds, both young lads went at it non stop kicking, boxing and kneeing and it was a very close bout, with Hickling’s taller opponent just gaining a slight edge with his kicking.
But the Maltby fightermore than made up for it with his constant aggression, moving forwards all the time and staying strong throughout.
In the end both fighters were given a great cheer by the fight fans and then it was left to the judges to decide the winner.
Finally the judges went more for the kicker and Hickling lost out on a very close points decision.
But as a bonus for both young warriors they were each presented with a pair of boxing gloves and shorts worth over £100 for their efforts.
A proud Maltby Thai Boxing Club coach, Glover said: “This was a very generous gesture by the promoters who put on a fantastic show.”
“Although Ethan lost on points I am still very pleased with his performance on the night.”
“He’s a very tough lad and has plenty of potential, I can see him doing very well in the future.”