Jumping Jack is no flash after double world title glory

Five-times kickboxing world champion Jack Bristowe (17) from Spalding Grammar School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Five-times kickboxing world champion Jack Bristowe (17) from Spalding Grammar School. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding Grammar School’s Jack Bristowe (17) should feel hard done by not to be a candidate for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award.

The Holbeach Drove hitman has had the best year of his life so far in kickboxing, retaining his world light contact title for the fourth time.

Jack Bristowe with his US Open and WKC trophies and medals.

Jack Bristowe with his US Open and WKC trophies and medals.

But Jack went one step better at this year’s World Kickboxing Council (WKC) Championships in Portugal by winning the points-fighting title as well.

“There was a lot of pressure this year because I’d got to the final in both light contact and points-fighting which is more like a game of chess,” Jack said.

“Once you hit your opponent, the fight is stopped so that the point can be announced by the referee and then the fight goes on until one fighter is judged to be the winner.

“I didn’t feel as if I was challenged for the light contact title until the final which was the hardest fight.

“The first round was fairly close and then my coach told me to up my game, so I went all out in the second round.”

Jack only took up kickboxing in 2010 but already he has won five world titles, three British titles and four national titles.

In addition, Jack won three tiles at this summer’s US Open in Florida widely regarded as the biggest kickboxing tournament in the world.

Jack said: “I could never have imagined being where I am now when I took up the sport four years ago.

“It’s been amazing really and we’re looking for more open competitions to expand the amount of titles I have.

“I want to keep fighting and I’d like to make it in the sport somewhere.”

Alex Barrowman, Jack’s coach at Corby BCKA British Chinese Kickboxing Association) Club in Northamptonshire, said: “Jack is very determined to everything that’s required to be a top fighter which is very unusual for someone of his age.

“He trained for an eight-week period with the England team to be ready to fight and he was in top top condition, focused and ready for the WKC World Championships.

“Jack had no problem in defending his light contact title but he’s moving into the adult division bext year and that will be a whole new ball game for him.”