Matthew’s the best of British

Matthew Garrod kick boxer who is fighting for the British title on Saturday night
Matthew Garrod kick boxer who is fighting for the British title on Saturday night

Thomas Clarkson College teacher Matthew Garrod, pictured, has become the British Southern kick-boxing champion in the 85 kilo section.

The 27-year-old won the final on points on Saturday in Worthing, beating the undefeated Anthony Wheeler.

Matthew Garrod kick boxer who is fighting for the British title on Saturday night

Matthew Garrod kick boxer who is fighting for the British title on Saturday night

Garrod, who trains with the Warriors club in Kings Lynn and took up the sport 12 years ago, said: “I lost the first round to look him over and then went on from there.

“At one point his gum shield ended up in the crowd.

“The judge scored it closely and wanted it to go to a sixth round but my opponent would not come out.

“I would like to try and win the full BIKMA British title but also to turn professional.”