Thai boxer Danny eyes Northern title

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Scarborough muay Thai boxer Danny Chilton is setting his sights on the nationals if he can win the ICO northern area title this weekend in York.

The 26-year-old, who works at Plaxtons, is taking on AVT Gym’s Josh Collins for the northern title at the York Railway Institute on Saturday, the show starting at 6pm.

He said: “If I can continue my winning run this weekend I would like to compete for the English Muay Thai crown eventually.

“I have now had five fights and the only one I have lost was my first-ever fight, so I am in good form.”

Chilton took up kick-boxing eight years ago, with former world champion Shane Kirton, who is also from Scarborough, training him.

Unfortunately Chilton suffered a serious anterior cruciate ligament knee injury shortly afterwards and this kept him out of the ring for a lengthy spell.

The Scarborough kick-boxer said: “I was out of action for a good 18 months and it took me a long while to get back on track, but around four years ago I got going again and moved to the Legions Gym in York and I am still based there now.

“As well as my sessions at York I still do plenty of training in Scarborough, and have worked a lot with strength and conditioning coach Danny Hague, who is also from this area.”

There are 14 fights on the bill on Saturday evening, with tickets for the show costing £25.

If anyone wants to head down to York and cheer Chilton on they can contact him on 07480115141.

The former mixed martial arts fighter added: “My fight is scheduled to be a contest of five three-minute rounds, and with 13 other bouts on the night it should be a good night.

“I always get plenty of local support for my fights, which I am very grateful for.”