A YOUNG fighter from Wakefield’s West Yorkshire Martial Arts College showed supreme determination to win a silver medal at the World Kickboxing Council (WKC) World Championships, in Spain.
Normanton’s Alex Golding, 11, was picked to represent England in the championships in Cadiz, after scooping a silver medal in a national competition held in Manchester earlier this year.
And despite suffering a dislocated thumb only two weeks before flying off to Spain, Golding recovered and saw off some of the world’s best young talent to reach the -35kg points fighting final.
It looked like the Wakefield youngster was going to be outclassed when his American opponent opened up a 9-3 points lead at the end of the first round.
However, Golding bounced back in style and a brilliant display of attacking fighting levelled the clash at 13-13 at the end of the second round and forced a one-minute extension to decide the bout.
But the American held his nerve in extra time to edge the fight 16-14 and Golding had to settle for a silver medal.
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