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Jamie Petch beats Tom Kirk to be crowned ISKA Semi-Pro K1 British kickboxing champion at the Lincoln Fight Factory

Jamie Petch achieved a conclusive knockout as he needed just two of the scheduled five rounds to be crowned ISKA Semi-Pro K1 British kickboxing champion.

The 27-year-old fighter, from Little Hadham, defeated Kent's Tom Kirk, who is the current ISKA K1 English title holder and had a 10-bout unbeaten record, at the Lincoln Fight Factory.

Petch now has his sights on going for a European title as well as building a professional career, potentially making the switch to mixed martial arts (MMA).

Jamie Petch (50860630)
Jamie Petch (50860630)

In the first round, Petch landed a couple of head kicks and looked very comfortable against his opponent who was mainly relying on his boxing skills to counteract Petch's confident array of skills.

In the second round, Kirk was momentarily floored by another head kick and it seemed only a matter of time before one finally got through and did some damage.

Petch bided his time and finally found the opportunity to perform a manoeuvre that he had been working on tirelessly in training as he obscured his opponent's view with a cross punch to the face and, timing a step perfectly out of his opponent's range, floored Kirk with a devastating roundhouse kick to the head.

The promoter of the event, Shawn Burton, subsequently announced Petch as the fighter of the night after he impressed many with his intelligent fighting and entertaining technical ability. A variety of offers for further fights have ensued.

Petch, who went to Little Hadham Primary School and The Bishop's Stortford High School, started training at Bishop's Stortford Kyokushin Karate Club aged five.

His mum Catherine also trained there and, after achieving her black belt in 2005, she set up the Kyokujitsu Kyokushin Karate Club in Little Hadham where he excelled.

He won numerous national titles, English, Welsh Open, Scottish Open and British Championships as well the Dutch Open Championship. In 2011, Petch and his younger brother Benny – with their mum acting as coach – represented Great Britain at the World Karate Championships in Japan.

Jamie Petch with mum Catherine (50860632)
Jamie Petch with mum Catherine (50860632)

Petch, who divides his time between doing security work and personal training/kickboxing sessions, started training in kickboxing and Muay Thai when he went to university in Bristol.

Upping his training after graduating in 2018, he rapidly went up the kickboxing rankings, winning both English and Welsh Open belts before the pandemic.

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