Two fighters from Paragon Black Belt Academy in Ilkeston are preparing for International Title bouts next month which will be contested in their home town.
Mark Waterhouse and John Parry won their National Title matches in the Sedition Fight League (SFL) in February last year - an event started as a grass roots, back to basics initiative for both up and coming and champion fighters from the tournament circuit.
Whitehouse fought in a four-man Sport Karate prize fight emerging as champion, with Parry fighting a tough title fight for the National Title which he won.
These victories, combined with consistency on the tournament circuit, have earned them International Title Fights at SFL next month. Two tough, experienced fighters are flying in from Sweden to take on the duo.
Paragon chief Instructor Jason Dorn said: “These opponents are no mugs and it’s a real step up in class for both Mark and John, but they have what it takes and we’ll be working hard to keep the title belts here in Ilkeston.”
The International Titles will be fought to Sport Kickboxing rules on February 19.
Whitehouse will be facing a highly-ranked Swedish national and world champion with vast experience competing in Olympic-style Taekwondo, sport kickboxing and full contact.
Parry’s opponent is a Swedish national karate champion and European silver and bronze medallist.
Alongside the international title bouts are two national titles, one of which sees Paragon fighter Kirsty Murden step up to fight for a National Sport Karate title.
The other title pits the current schoolboy national champion from the North of England against the two time IAKSA and ASKO British tournament champion from Leicester.
Two Midlands area titles featuring East Midlands and West Midlands fighters will also be contested - one a ladies sport kickboxing bout and the other a child’s sport karate bout.
There’s a full undercard featuring fighters from around the UK, including several members of the Paragon team in Sport Karate and Kickboxing matches.
Mr Dorn added: “To have attracted the attention of international fighters is great, and to have them contest titles at the Sedition event against home town fighters from my own academy is something special.”