British light-heavyweight thai-boxing champion Danny Derbyshire won the vacant Golden Belt title at Hyndburn Sports Centre on Sunday.
Derbyshire, from Burnley Thai-Boxing, was in action along with club mate Kieran Gamble in Accrington, who was also successful at the show, hosted by Johnny T and featuring some of the best British Thai-boxers on the circuit.
Derbyshire, pictured (left) with trainer Paul Murphy, competed against Chris Arrends from Liverpool for the Golden Belt, and won with a fourth round stoppage.
Murphy said: “Danny didn’t really get going in the first two rounds, but still managed to win the rounds comprehensively.
“He is so relaxed when he is fighting, but when he hits you, he hurts you. I was extremely proud of the way he controlled Chris, who has a very impressive record himself, and I was very pleased with how easy he made it look.”
The first two rounds were all about Derbyshire finding his range, and he caught Arrends with some excellent jabs and uppercuts.
The third round saw Derbyshire step it up slightly, and he took Arrends into the clinch and hit him with some excellent knees to the body.
By the time the fourth round commenced, it was clear that the belt was coming back to the Burnley gym as Derbyshire really started to punish Arrends with some excellent right hands and knee strikes to the body.
The referee called a stoppage to the fight midway through the fourth round as Derbyshire pulled down the head of Arrends and mercilessly sank his knee into the face of Arrends, which resulted in a very deep cut from his nose to the top of his forehead.
Derbyshire is now looking to unify the division before stepping into European competition.
Murphy added: “In my opinion Danny is simply the best light heavyweight in this country and Sunday just confirmed my beliefs.
“I have been liaising with quite a few of the gyms on the circuit, but there aren’t too many people wanting to step in the ring with him, which isn’t surprising.
“I’m hoping he will be in action at the start of May on the next Bad Company show, but as yet he hasn’t been matched.”
Meanwhile, Gamble, who was 14 on the day, celebrated in style by defeating Adam Haslam from Johnny T’s gym in Bolton.
It was his first fight, and the Blessed Trinity pupil schooled his opponent, taking every round along the way.
He was too quick for Haslam in the exchange, and hit the young Bolton fighter with a series of body kicks and knees before being announced the winner.
Liam Lambert will be representing the Burnley club this weekend and anybody wanting tickets can contact Murphy on 07810 453960.