Combat kings touch gloves at dinner

THE HITMAN AND THE COBRA: Five-times world kickboxing champion Jack Bristowe and four-time world supermiddleweight boxing champion Carl Froch MBE.
THE HITMAN AND THE COBRA: Five-times world kickboxing champion Jack Bristowe and four-time world supermiddleweight boxing champion Carl Froch MBE.
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Two world champions meeting on the same bill is always explosive but mutual admiration dominated when kickboxing king Jack Bristowe met four-time world supper middleweight champion Carl Froch MBE.

The Holbeach Drove hitman, a five-time World Kickboxing Council champion, met Froch - who vacated his IBF super-middleweight crown in February - at a boxing dinner in Peterborough.

It was a welcome break for Jack who is currently sitting his A-level exams at Spalding Grammar School in the hope of going onto starting a law degree at Manchester University in September.

Jack said: “I’ve been doing some boxing for cross training purposes and fitness sessions at a gym in Peterborough.

“A coach at the gym where I train asked Carl Froch to come and do a boxing dinner and my dad knows the promoter who arranged it.

“The day before the dinner, I was revising in my bedroom when I got a phone call from my dad who asked me whether I wanted to meet Carl.

“I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to meet him and when we got to the venue, the promoter asked if I wanted to sit next to Carl.

“I couldn’t quite believe it, to be sat next to Carl Froch - a professional boxer and world champion.”

In between a three-course meal and an audience question and answer session with ‘The Cobra’ from Nottingham - made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Friday - Jack had the chance to ask Froch about his career so far and his future plans.

“We talked about how much Carl has done, but he also told me that I was going the right way and to keep it up,” Jack said.

“I’ve learned that boxing is more tactical and strategic, whereas kickboxing is about quick movement and reflexes.

“In boxing, you have to keep your hands up and the stance is different than in kickboxing, but I’ve enjoyed watching boxing for the fighting aspect of it.

“I like setting new goals for myself and going forward, even in my exams where I can motivate myself to do things and dedicate myself when I have goals to achieve.”