Rochdale News | Sports News | Whitworth High students become British Muay Thai champions

Date published: May 10, 2022

Two students from Whitworth Community High School are now British Muay Thai Champions after winning their bouts at a tournament in Barnsley.

Finley Hudson and Alfie Hayes, both 13 and from Whitworth, are members of the town’s Valley Thai Boxing Club.

They competed in the Sandee WTKA (World Traditional Karate Association) England open, a one-day event at the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley on April 23, 2022.

Finley competed in two title fights – the 13-14 52kg and under and the 12-13 52kg and under while Alfie competed in the 13-14 56kg and under.

Alfie, who was supported by his grandmother, said: “We compete in five one-minute rounds, but this minute is five.

“I was up against a tough boy who had won many fights before, and this was only my second tournament. For the first two laps I was really wobbly and I think it was nervous.

“Then I realized he had a weakness, so I exploited it and got a lot of points. It’s not about hitting, it’s about making contact and at the end of the five rounds, he was really wobbly and he looked a bit exhausted, I didn’t expect to win at the start, so I was delighted.

“I could hear my grandma cheering me on and when we went back to see my grandpa he gave me £10 for winning my fight.”

Finley lost in the 13-14 match, but his opponent in the 12-13 age group was smaller but of a similar weight.

He said: “It was my first real tournament and my height advantage really paid off. I knew I had won the fight. I love the adrenaline rush I get when I fight and it keeps me healthy.

Both Finley and Alfie said they had classmates ask them to demonstrate some of their moves, but the rules are very strict and they’re only allowed to fight in the ring, so they cheer instead. other students to join the club.

Alfie was a boxer and started Muay Thai about two years ago because he thought it would be a good sport to improve his physical condition.

Finley used to practice karate, until the hobby proved to be very expensive, and he started Muay Thai almost three years ago at the suggestion of his father.

Alfie attends gym workouts four times a week while Finley goes twice.

Ruth J. Leeds