Thai boxer Danny eyes Northern title
Scarborough muay Thai boxer Danny Chilton is setting his sights on the nationals if he can win the ICO northern area title this weekend in York.
The 26-year-old, who works at Plaxtons, is taking on AVT Gym’s Josh Collins for the northern title at the York Railway Institute on Saturday, the show starting at 6pm.
He said: “If I can continue my winning run this weekend I would like to compete for the English Muay Thai crown eventually.
“I have now had five fights and the only one I have lost was my first-ever fight, so I am in good form.”
Chilton took up kick-boxing eight years ago, with former world champion Shane Kirton, who is also from Scarborough, training him.
Unfortunately Chilton suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament knee injury shortly afterwards and this kept him out of the ring for a lengthy spell.
The Scarborough kick-boxer said: “I was out of action for a good 18 months and it took me a long while to get back on track, but around four years ago I got going again and moved to the Legions Gym in York and I am still based there now.
“As well as my sessions at York I still do plenty of training in Scarborough, and have worked a lot with strength and conditioning coach Danny Hague, who is also from this area.”
There are 14 fights on the bill on Saturday evening, with tickets for the show costing £25.
If anyone wants to head down to York and cheer Chilton on they can contact him on 07480115141.
The former mixed martial arts fighter added: “My fight is scheduled to be a contest of five three-minute rounds, and with 13 other bouts on the night it should be a good night.
“I always get plenty of local support for my fights, which I am very grateful for.”