Kicking brothers put up a good fight

Kickboxing brothers Scott (left) and Kyle Hackett from Pegswood. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Kickboxing brothers Scott (left) and Kyle Hackett from Pegswood. Picture by Jane Coltman.

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A PEGSWOOD kickboxer battled brilliantly to win two medals at the WKC English National Championships in Manchester.

In the continuous event, Scott Hackett came through three fights to get to the final in his weight category.

It was a close contest with both fighters showing signs of exhaustion, but the other fighter just shaded the decision so Scott ended up with silver.

The 16-year-old breezed through his first points fight, winning 10-0, then he got a bye to the semi-finals, where he was up against the son of a nine-time world champion, who is developing into a very decent fighter himself.

Scott fought hard but narrowly lost 6-2, with a lot of people watching saying how well he did in the contest. As a result, he earned a bronze medal.

His brother Kyle, 13, was very unlucky in the draw for his points fight – he was up against a 15-year-old six-time world champion.

Kyle took the fight to his opponent, which surprised him and put him on the back foot.

He was unlucky not to get any points against him and got beaten by counter-punches and kicks. Kyle took a particularly hard punch to the head, which left him feeling sick and dizzy and unable to fight in his continuous section.

Scott has qualified for the third year running to fight for England in the World Championships.

The Hackett family is again looking for sponsorship to avoid a repeat of last year when there were not enough funds to send the boys to the event.

Anyone who can help, or would like more information, can email martin.hackett@talktalk.net