Five-time world kickboxing champion Jack Bristowe (17) can now claim to have won everything there is to win in the sport after lifting the Irish Open title at the fifth attempt.
The Spalding Grammar School sixth-former won the 94kg black belt points division almost five years after taking up the sport competitively in April 2010.
The Holbeach Drove hitman, who trains at Corby BCKA (British Chinese Kickboxing Association) Club in Northamptonshire, came through seven gruelling fights before winning the title in front of his parents, coaches and other fighters from the club.
Jack admitted: “I wasn’t expecting to win because it’s the hardest one to win.
“When I got to the final, I looked at my coach and said ‘I can’t believe it’ because I had a lot of injuries through my fights.
“I was watching the guy I faced in the final and he was just sailing through the rounds.
“In the final, I had to hold back and not rush in which would have ruined my chances.
“There were 14 seconds left and I fell to the floor because I couldn’t stay standing up and at the end, when they said I’d won, I grabbed my coach and he was in tears because we were so happy.”
Last year, Jack collected three titles at the prestigious US Open held at Disneyworld in Florida and then won two titles at the World Championships in Portugal.
“It’s been long and hard, going to the Irish Open four times before and getting beaten,” Jack said.
“But I really wanted it this year because I’m going to Manchester University in September to study law.”
Alex Barrowman, head coach at Corby BCKA Club, said “It’s taken Jack five years to win the Irish Open and we couldn’t be prouder of his achievements. Jack really trained hard for this because he wanted it and this was his chance to get it.”