A kickboxer based at Jesters Fightclub in Matlock has become super middleweight world champion - to add to multiple British honours and two European titles.
Mick Crossland, who is originally from Barnsley but has been training with Jesters for the last six years, proved too strong for Ireland’s double world champion Aiden Brookes in Birmingham to bring the world title home.
Crossland, who joined Jesters initially as a sparring partner for a previous world super middlewight champion Dale Wood, endured a gruelling 12-week training camp prior to his title fight, aided by Neil Kelly of USKA Birmingham who had also assisted in Wood’s success.
When the showdown came around, Crossland looked comfortable and in charge at the start, but in the dying seconds of the opening round Brookes unbalanced Crossland and landed a clean right cross sending his opponent to the canvas for an eight count.
Crossland stepped out for the second round in a more cautious fashion, and little was committed by either fighter before they headed back to their corners to take stock.
With a clear head and fresh hunger, Crossland stepped out for the third and lifted the pace, drawing Brookes in and unleashing a blinding lead uppercut that left the Irish fighter flat on his back just feet a few feet away from where Crossland had been minutes before.
This time there was no recovery, the towel was in and the fight was over, Crossland then being crowned super middleweight professional world champion.
Crossland now has his eye on two more world titles, unifying the associations.
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