10th September 2017
The new European lightweight champion of kickboxing is Keith Azzopardi, who yesterday represented Malta and won the European World Kickboxing Network (WKN) title during an event in France.
The 24 year old Maltese champion on Saturday fought a K1 bout in the lightweight category, with 5 rounds of 3 minutes each. In his quest for the title Azzopardi faced French adversary Mathias Branchu.
The fight was a tough one, but through various punches and kicks Azzopardi managed to hit his adversary in the head and upper body in a clear and precise manner. Azzopardi’s spirit was noted and praised by WKN officials and well known representatives.
Azzopardi trains at Ying Yang Club – Team Noel with Master Noel Mercieca. Mercieca said that it is not an easy feat to win in France; as this is a country which breeds world acclaimed kickboxers.
In fact, through Azzpoardi, Malta was the only country which won in France, as athletes from Lithuania, Belgium, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic all lost their respective fights.
In all Azzopardi has now won 30 fights, with the latest one being an international fight in July against a high level Romanian adversary, during the Gladiator’s Fight Night in Hal Far. Azzopardi is also the first Maltese kickboxer to fight and win in Australia.
More information on the training offered at Team Noel – Ying Yang club can be obtained by getting in touch with Master Noel Mercieca on 79208283, visiting the website http://www.kickboxing.com.mt/ or the Facebook page Team Noel – Kickboxing Malta.
Kickboxer Shaun Falzon also represented Malta well yesterday. However he did not win the K1 bout in the 77 kg category.