Lewis Greenfield, 19, a member of Athena Martial Arts based in the YMCA Sovereign Centre in Slipshatch Road, Woodhatch, has made history at the club by claiming its first British Title. Former Reigate Grammar pupil Lewis, of Salfords, fought for the BKBU (British Kickboxing Union) -80kg title over three two minute rounds against an older, heavier and more experienced opponent who had held the title consistently for five years. The bout took place at the Guildford Spectrum on October 26 and after three hard fought rounds all three judges had Lewis winning every round.
After the fight, an emotional Lewis said: “I’m just so thankful for all the help and support people have given me. I’m so thrilled to win Athena’s first British Title.” Coach Lisa Boardman, who runs Athena Martial Arts and who was coaching Lewis at ringside during the contest, said: “Lewis’s hard work and dedication has paid off and he thoroughly deserved the win. I’m sure it will be the first title of many more to come for Lewis.” Athena Martial Arts runs kickboxing classes for juniors and adults from the Sovereign Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.