Sammy Buruca has added a world title to his British, Celtic and European titles in Muay Thai boxing ... not bad for a 15 year old who has only been training in the martial art for two years.
The Carleton teenager, who attends Millfield Science College in Thornton, trains at Sukata Art of Eight gym on Dover Road, Blackpool, under chief instructor Darren Dickenson.
Sammy won the world title for his age category in London and instructor Danny said: “Sammy is so dedicated to his training that sometimes I have to insist that he takes a day off.”
A typical day’s training for Sammy starts with a run and includes a specific strength and conditioning programme followedby rounds of Muay Thai pad, bag and sparring with his team-mates at the academy.
He undertakes that routine six days a week in addition to assisting with teaching the children’s classes at the gym.
Sammy said: “Winning the world title has made all of the hard work and hours spent in the gym worthwhile.
“I never thought I could be a champion, let alone a world champion, but my coach has always believed in me and supported me, as have my family and friends’.
There is no time to rest on his laurels for this talented fighter, who faces Scotland’s George Mann at PlayFootball in Blackpool on September 28 for another world crown.
He added: “I am very excited about this fight and intend to put on a great performance.
“If I win I will hold another world title belt and to be doing it on home soil will mean so much.”