Super city fighters kick their way to world titles in Florida

Sisters Bethany and Lianne Jones with their World Championship medals.
Sisters Bethany and Lianne Jones with their World Championship medals.
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Local kick-boxers Bethany Jones and Gaynor Morgan have that on top of the world feeling this week after returning from America as world champions.

The Peterborough pair were competing for England at the WKKC (World Karate and Kick-Boxing Commission) Championships in Orlando, Florida, and both became golden girls.

Peterborough 365 Immortal member Morgan, who was a double world champion last year, was back for more and successfully defended her Over 66kg semi-contact points fighting crown and her Over 66kg light contact title beating an American opponent in the final.

Jones, who belongs to the Peterborough JAMA club, won gold in the girls 16-17 yrs Under 50kg light contact division and also made it to the final of the girls 16-17yrs Under 50kg semi-contact points fighting. But she just missed out on a golden double, having to settle for the silver.

She was then selected for the girls England team event and she completed the full set of medals as they won a bronze medal in semi-contact.

Bethany’s older sister Lianne Jones (Peterborough JAMA) was also a medallist.

She took silver in the ladies Under 55kg semi-contact points fighting, losing out by just a point to her USA opponent.

She also competed in the ladies Under 55kg light contact fighting and won another silver, this time losing out in an all-England final to Nakita Khan from Liverpool.

Peterborough Freestyle Club members Kyle Findley and Kevin Buckley also fought for England.

Findley, back in action after a lay-off with a hernia operation, fought in the men’s Under 70kg section and after a good start he came up against the reigning world champion Willie Hicks from USA. He put up a brave fight but lost to the eventual champion and just missed out on a bronze medal.

Buckley fought in the men’s Under 85kg division and lost to a Guatemala opponent 9-7.

He also fought in the men’s veterans Under 85kg but was taken out by an American in the third round.

Peterborough Freestyle instructor Clifton Findley, the England team manager, said: “All five of the Peterborough fighters did themselves and their country proud. There were over 1,600 fighters in action from 15 countries and the quality was seriously high.

“All in all it was a great competition for our local contingent and for England as a whole. We took 178 fighters and won exactly 100 medals, including 36 golds, to finish third team overall.”