Fulham kickboxing champion makes first world title defence

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Image captionDaniel Hearn (centre) flanked by his mum Jane (left) and black belt instructor Jason Stevens

The world champions keep on rolling out the door of Scorpion Kickboxing Club with Daniel Hearn the latest fighter to clinch a world title at the Fulham club.

Image caption: Daniel Hearn

The 15-year-old makes his first title defence on Saturday 2 December at the Stoop, home to Harlequins Rugby Club in Twickenham.

The Fulham fighter is trained by his mum, Jane, and 4th Dan black belt instructor Jason Stevens, founder of Scorpion Kickboxing in Peterborough Road.

Daniel is following in the footsteps of his father Wayne who was a kickboxing world champion in the bantamweight division. And the talented youngster has certainly not fallen far from the tree after his devastating first-round knockout victory in just 33 seconds to clinch the vacant belt back in July.

World title defence

On Saturday, Daniel will defend his title against Kobie Spinney-Dibble of 87 Fight Club who will be out for revenge after the Fulham champion’s explosive win over Dibble’s stablemate to take the world championship crown.

“Daniel is training like a man,” said coach Jason. “He has been a tough journey for Daniel with many mismatches before he joined Scorpion. We have worked hard together and now he has made it to the top of the division and is world champion. He is going to make an amazing coach when he gets older. Sometimes he says things in training and I think I am going to use that in my sessions.”

Daniel has joined the long line of world champions at Scorpion Kickboxing that include poster girl Sam Ryan and JJ Kelly as well as eight other titleholders at the Fulham club.

Image caption: Daniel Hearn in the ring

Coach Jason has high hopes for his newest champion as he aims to help Daniel unify the belts in the U45kg division.

Champion of charity

The kickboxing instructor put the club on the map not only with their exploits in the ring but also with their generous charity work over the years.

One of the stand-out moments was when the club members made a Herculean effort by completing 15,000 punches in just 15 minutes for a seriously ill young girl.

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Other worthy causes that Jason has raised money for include Help for Heroes and the Stoll.

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