SHOAIB Yousaf is the latest Burnley Thai boxer to be crowned a champion.
Shoaib, who trains out of Burnley Thai Boxing Club on Hammerton Street, is the 10th 10 title holder at the club, ranging from area champions to British champions.
Shoaib fought Kieran Kilbride in Kieran’s home town of Liverpool to take the 60kg North West Area title in fine style.
Shoaib twice forced his opponent to take an eight count with knees to the midsection of the brave Liverpool fighter.
The Burnley lad dropped his opponent in the first round with a very precise knee to the body, which had a lasting effect going in to the second.
The tough Liverpool lad, who was the current champion, couldn’t find his rhythm as he was constantly bombarded with punches, body kicks and the ubiquitous knees which finally proved his undoing.
Shoaib looked extremely comfortable in the third round before again dropping his opponent in the fourth round with more knees.
The fifth round was again very one-sided and the judges’decision was unanimous, scoring every single round to the new champion.
Burnley head coach Paul Murphy said: “Shoaib is an absolute star, he trains six days a week and has the most incredible positive attitude’.
“He really is a pleasure to teach! He seems to be able to do what I show him immediately, almost without effort, which is the sign of a very special fighter.
“I have trained lots of champions but Shoaib is one of the most naturally gifted young men i have ever seen.
“I know now he will go right to the top, the only thing is in which sport, as he also won the Brazilian Ju Jitsu gold medal last year under the highly respected John Stokes.”
Shoaib’s younger brother Junaid Yousaf will be in action next week as he looks to expand on his last victory in Southampton.
This time he will be taking on Birkenhead’s 47kg North West area champion Brad Bowe, a match that promises to be very tough for both boys.
Murphy said: “I honestly think Junaid will take Brad’s crown. His clinch work is brilliant and I really don’t think Brad will be able to deal with Junaid’s knees.”
Murphy would like to say a massive thank you to Danny Derbyshire, Adam Windle and Gordon Estlick who helped train and corner Shoaib.
Anyone wishing to come and support Junaid in his bid to become the new champion can contact Murphy on 07810 453960 or call in at the Hammerton Street club.