Shane top­ples ri­val to claim a top Thai ti­tle

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ATALENTED young Thai boxer’s hard graft paid div­i­dends as he claimed a Bri­tish ti­tle.

Shane Carter, from Huncoat, was crowned the Bri­tish cham­pion for his age and weight in a hard won fight, in Manch­ester.

The 12-year-old pupil at Huncoat Pri­mary School was com­pet­ing in the 37.5kg weight class.

Since tak­ing up the sport at age eight, Shane has gone on to im­press his coach, lead­ing to him land­ing the prized cham­pi­onship bout in Old Traf­ford.

James Clay­ton, who trains Shane at the JC’s Muay Thai Box­ing gym in Ac­cring­ton, said it was a “great” per­for­mance.

He said: “He started slowly, as he’s a very ner­vous boy - when he came to the gym he didn’t know his left hand from his right.

“But he has re­ally pro­gressed and has trained three times a week. It’s kept him fit and healthy. He was very dis­ci­plined to keep his weight down and he di­eted for the fight. He did very well.”

James ex­plained that while there is no head con­tact al­lowed in ju­nior bouts, it’s still a very phys­i­cally de­mand­ing sport.

He said: “They wear body ar­mour and shin pads. There’s a lot of kick­ing, clinch work and throw­ing. It’s a hard sport they’ve taken up but they train hard and are in the gym three or four times a week.”

Shane’s mum Mag­gie Thomp­son said nerves al­most got the bet­ter of her while watch­ing her son’s big fight.

She said: “I was re­ally ner­vous watch­ing him, I was al­most sick, but when they held his arm up I was so happy for him, it was fan­tas­tic.

“He was a bit shocked be­cause he has had a few fights re­cently where he’s done re­ally well but not man­aged to win, so I don’t think he was ex­pect­ing it, re­ally. I think Shane was just so happy that he man­aged to do it. He cried after it, he was so happy.”

Shane took his train­ing ex­tremely se­ri­ously and was in the gym all week putting in his fi­nal prepa­ra­tions for the bout.

Mag­gie added: “He put so much work in.

“In the week lead­ing up to it he trained five times, be­cause he was also try­ing to get down to the right weight.

“His coach says that he is a lot bet­ter at the 37kg weight, he’s a lot quicker and moves bet­ter.”

Shane has an­other com­pe­ti­tion this week­end in Manch­ester, against the best box­ers in his class from across the north of Eng­land.

FES­TIVE FAIR

WOOD­LANDS Home for Older Peo­ple in Clay­ton-le-Moors will hold a Christ­mas fair later this month.

The Warwick Av­enue home will host the event on Sun­day, Novem­ber 26 from 1pm to 3pm.

There will be a va­ri­ety of stalls, along with a tombola, face paint­ing, Fa­ther Christ­mas, a cafe and a raf­fle.

Shane Carter from Huncoat won a Bri­tish ti­tle Thai box­ing con­test

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