Welwyn Garden City kickboxer retains British title at World Championships

PUBLISHED: 11:52 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:52 21 October 2016

WGC fighter Holly Bird has retained her British kickboxing title

WGC fighter Holly Bird has retained her British kickboxing title

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Holly Bird has retained her British kickboxing title at the three-day WFMC (World Fight Sport and Martial Arts Council) Championships, held at Manchester's Wright Robinson College.

Welwyn Garden City’s Bird beat Melissa Sewell and Niki Kradinkowa in the heats but was defeated by Germany’s Suzanne Ilis in the gold/silver medal match and finished with bronze.

There was some controversy as Ilis committed a foul by punching Bird in the back of the head while off the mats and she continued to swing while being held back by the referee.

Ilis was given a warning and the fight continued but Bird could not take the win.

Bird told Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It was a close fight and I got a lot of head kicks in which I’m really happy with.

“I was disappointed not to have drawn the girl who went on to win silver because I would have liked to test myself but that is the luck of the draw.

“Overall I’m very pleased and my team-mates who I train with at the Rugby School of Kickboxing did so well too.

“My sparring partner Corey-Ellis Judge became world champion at just 17. Our coach Brian Lowe was thrilled with our whole team effort.”

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