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Danny Harrison-Little invited to compete in Thailand
FISTS of glory have been wielded by York martial arts ace Danny Harrison-Little in the spiritual home of his sport.
So impressed have been officials at the renowned Jitti gymnasium in Bangkok with Harrison-Little in training and in competitive combat that he has been accorded a place on the under-card of one of Thailand’s most watched shows.
The 20-year-old from Pocklington, who has been mentored to his current Thai high by Richard Cadden of the Nether Poppleton-based Chokdee gym, will next be in action on one of the world’s biggest Thai-boxing championships.
Cadden, himself a former two-time Thai-boxing world champion, who forged brotherly links with the Jitti gym, explained how his protégé surged to his fifth knockout win in six fights. He drew the other.
Harrison-Little’s latest conquest was a first rounder sealed by two devastating low kicks and a stinging left hook to beat home opponent Non Fiam Tatonggym.
Said a delighted Cadden: “The next guy he fights is Ron Roj Petchrungruang on what is known as the Thai-Fight show on April 17. It is screened on Channel 3 in Thailand and attracts a television audience of millions across Asia.
“The who’s who of Thai boxing will be in action, so for Danny to be invited to compete on the under-card is a major honour and an amazing opportunity to show what he can do.
“Those at the Jitti gym, where I used to train, and various show promoters have been really impressed by Danny.”
Added Cadden: “This is just what I was looking to do when I set up the Chokdee gym – to develop youngsters and help to get them as far as possible in the sport.”
After his continent-wide show, Harrison-Little, above, is to return to York in preparation for an ISKA English title challenge in June.
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