Khan wins GB K1 Welterweight title
PUBLISHED: 18:26 19 September 2012
Thai boxer Faheem 'Prince Shani' Khan who trains at Honiton and Exeter Muay Thai has just won the British Welterweight K1 title in Belfast where he competed against Irish champion Patrick Blight for the British K1 title at welterweight.
Prince Shani is trained by Kru Yai Sonny Perez.
Khan and Blight had fought before on the Sky TV broadcast tfc promotion in Weston super Mare with Khan winning a close decision. The Irish fans desperately wanted a rematch on homeground to level the score.
K1 is one of the most popular spectator striking sports worldwide with the World k1 grand prix attracting thousands of fans in Japan and producing legendary fighters like Buakow Por Paramuk.
It is a full contact sport where boxing and kicks are allowed as well as one knee in the clinch. This enables athletes from a variety of martial arts to compete under one rules system.
The Stormont Hotel was filled to capacity with fight fans from all over Ireland who had come to support Blight in his bid to become British champion.
Khan dominated the fight from the outset and although Blight connected with some solid punches it was Khan who landed the most effective kicks and knees throughout the five three-minute rounds.
At the end of five rounds Khan was declared the new champion by majority decision. The Irish fans had been won over by his skill, heart and courage and showed their appreciation.
Sonny Perez said: “At our gym in Honiton it’s not all about competing and winning titles, in fact most students don’t compete but take part in training and get more self-confidence, self discipline not to mention getting fighting fit.
“We have a regular grading syllabus and a ‘little dragons’ class for junior members on Friday which is non-contact and geared towards developing qualities like respect, focus, confidence and perseverance as well as promoting fitness and an active lifestyle.”
If you are interested in classes please call 07791607735 as new members are always welcome.