THAI-BOXER Danny Harrison-Little has the whole of Britain in his hands and now the push is on to seize even more prized plunder.
The 21-year-old Pocklington pounder was the star of the debut show staged by Legions Thai Boxing club in Fifth Avenue in York's Tang Hall.
Harrison-Little was crowned the ICO British champion in full rules Thai-boxing in front of a 500-plus crowd at "Night of the Legions" spectacular at York Railway Institute.
In a blood-spattered battle, he prevailed over Lucian xxxx to capture the vacant British crown when he stopped his opponent from the Blackwood gym in Birmingham in the third round.
Both men had suffered cuts but it was Harrison-Little's greater technique and power that took him through. And ion a touch of respect it was xxx who ferried Pocklington's newly-crowned champion to York Hospital, where both received treatment to their facial injuries.
Said Harrison-Little, who has been at the Legions gym, where Dave Phillips is co-owner and chief instructor: "It was a hell of a fight, but I came through."
Besides the belt, Harrison-Little also achieved his first British ranking and it is a big advance up the ratings that Phillips and his protégé will now be aiming.
"Danny's got his first foot on the national rung and the aim now is to progress even higher through the rankings and see where that takes us," said Phillips, who was delighted by the response of the York public to Legions' first show.
"We've always supported other shows in York, but the lads at the gym were pressing for us to have one of our own.
"It's gone so well that we are looking to stage another, again at York RI, where we had a great welcome and where they treated us so well, on October 25, hopefully."
In a further boost, the show helped to raise £360 for the special baby unit at York Hospital.