Karl lifts his first belt

Karl Johnston of Jesters Gym
Karl Johnston of Jesters Gym

Local lad Karl Johnston challenged for the amateur English title under K1 rules last weekend in Barnsley, representing Matlock’s Jesters Gym.

Karl has been work hard over the past few years for his first title shot. Facing him was Richard Lamin of Yorkshire MKA.

Richard came out fast in the first round with all guns blazing. Karl covered and walked forward, showing superior strength and controlling the fiery Yorkshire lad.

As the fight progressed, Karl simply got stronger, trapping Richard in the corner and unleashing long hard boxing and knee combinations, tiring his opponent further.

By the fourth round, Karl was in control and hammered home a long right hook, sending Richard to the canvas. He made it to his feet but was in no state to continue, giving Karl a fourth round stoppage and making him the new Amateur English K1 champion.

For more details on Jesters Gym, situated above Derwent Carpets in Matlock, contact 07974 655146.