Kickboxer claims sixth world title

SUFFOLK kickboxer Marlon Hunt claimed his sixth world title belt last weekend with victory over Czech fighter Lukas Wolf at Ipswich's David Lloyd Centre.

Stuart Watson

SUFFOLK kickboxer Marlon Hunt claimed his sixth world title belt last weekend with victory over Czech fighter Lukas Wolf at Ipswich's David Lloyd Centre.

Hunt, who hails from the small village of Onehouse near Ipswich, won on a unanimous points decision after the ISKA Light Heavyweight World Pro Title fight went the full 12 rounds.

The 30-year-old, nicknamed 'The Game' for his tactical approach to fights, now holds an incredible six world title belts at four different weights.

“This was a really tough fight, but that is what you expect at the top level of kickboxing,” said Hunt.

“I enjoyed it a lot and am proud to have brought another world title, not just back to the UK, but back to Suffolk where I was born.

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“I am now an undefeated, six times pro world full-contact kickboxing champion, something no-one has ever done in the history of kickboxing.”

Hunt had to work hard for his latest victory against a previously undefeated opponent who had over 100 fights behind him.

After training hard at his own Red Phoenix Academy gyms in Great Finborough, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, as well as with his manager Cris Janson Piers and coach Andre Maanaart - the latter a former coach of K1 world champion Remy Bonjaski - Hunt weighed in at 79kg.

Wolf came in slightly heavier at 81.2kg ahead of the fight and it was clear that the strong and powerful Czech fighter was looking to win the bout by a quick knock-out.

The first six rounds were fairly even, but from that point on Wolf could not cope with the high fighting pace that Hunt set.

Hunt easily out-scored his opponent over the final six rounds to take the title as each judge scored the home fighter between three and five rounds ahead by the end of the 12th.

There was a packed undercard to the professionally run show - billed as 'Undisputed' - which Hunt also promoted himself.

The sold out event brought fighters over from Holland and the Czech Republic to fight the UK's best professional fighters. It also gave the best up and coming amateur local fighters the opportunity to show their skills.

Hunt said: “I promote these shows to showcase what professional kickboxing is really about, but I also work very hard with like-minded coaches and camps to better the sport and to give their novice fighters the chance to be on such a prestigious event.”

If you are interested in learning kickboxing at whatever standard, please visit: www.marlonhunt.co.uk.

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