TNT boys aim for international glory
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS SIMON ROWBOTHAM A SALFORD-BASED Mixed Martial Arts club, whose young members have enjoyed national success this year, now have their sights set on the global stage.
Young K-1 and MuayThai kick-boxers from TNT Gym, based at the Broughton Hub in Rigby Street, will compete in the 2015 World Championships in Spain after striking success in the English Thai-Boxing and K-1 Open Championship in Birmingham last month.
Joe Lawrence, 13 claimed two titles in both K-1 and Thai Boxing in the 12-14 category, while Maculay Eyres, 11 won the K-1 English title in the nine-11 age bracket.
Dylan Bowen-Booth, 14 also won the K1-English Title in his under-40 kg age division. The three young fighters will represent England in the World Championships in November 2015.
Instructor Stan Bowen could not hide his delight after a successful year for his students.
“I was very proud of them all. They train very hard and deserve their success,” said Bowen.
“Joe competed in the two categories of Thai Boxing and K-1 and won both titles on the same day.
“Macauley is only 11 and had to fight three times to win his belt. It was a great achievement.”
The recent triumph in Birmingham comes after Dylan represented England in the Muay-Thai Boxing World Cup in Latvia where he won gold last year, fighting off stiff competition from the likes of Latvia, Russia and Kazakhstan over a two-day period.
What makes the club’s achievements more impressive is the fact that they train in rather modest surroundings.
“We don’t have a gym. We only have a hall that we hire out at Broughton Hub and store our equipment there,” said Bowen.
TNT cater for young people as young as five and train at Broughton Hub every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm
Young people interested in getting involved, as well sponsorship enquirers, can contact Stan on stanbowen1@hotmail. com or visit their Facebook page: TNT Muay-Thai – Broughton Hub.
TNT MMA members Joe Lawrence, Maculay Eyres and Dylan Bowen-Booth