MALTBY Thai Boxing prospect Jade Kelemen is making a big impact, at the tender age of 15.
The youngster won the Celtic Championship Challenge at the weekend, beating British Thai Boxing champion Hannah Turner from Burton on Trent.
The fight show was held at the Barnsley Metrodome on Saturday and featured 30 bouts, showcasing some of the very best junior fighters in the UK.
All title fights were held over five rounds and fought under Thai Boxing rules using boxing, knees and kicks.
Not content with a tough bought against a British title holder, Kelemen agreed to fight in a second bout if she came through unscathed against Turner.
The Maltby Thai Boxing Club member was aggressive from the bell and hurt Turner with some strong leg kicks, taking early control.
Towards the end of the opening round some big knees forced the referee to give the Burton girl a standing eight count, a sign of things to come.
By round three Kelemen was in full control and her clinch work overwhelmed Turner, the referee stepping in to stop the fight and award Kelemen her first title belt.
Her coach, former European champion Phil Glover, told the Guardian: “Jade had trained very hard for this fight and was very focused on winning her first title belt.”
“These belts are similar to the Lonsdale belt in boxing and if defended successfully three times the fighter keeps the belt for good, but when you are facing the very best in the UK it’s not easy.” Feeling fresh after the victory, Kelemen took on a second opponent, from Newton Aycliffe, later in the event.
Glover added: “Her opponent was much bigger this time but that didn’t bother Jade and this time she put on a tremendous display constantly piling on the pressure with her attacks, it was a clear win for Jade.”
The newly crowned champion is already looking to her next fight, in Birmingham on the third Celtic Championship Challenge event on 24th September - and a possible November bout in Barnsley.