Kajol Patel may only be ten but she took the kickboxing world by storm when she won a national title in explosive fashion.
Kajol, from Erdington’s Saxon Academy, was crowned the under-30kg World Boxing Association Junior English Champion after defeating Gill Parker in the first round.
Her Accrington-based opponent threw in the towel to spark wild celebrations from Kajol’s jubilant corner.
The victory was made even more significant as she became the first Indian girl to win the title, much to the delight of her father Raj.
“I’m very proud of her. All her hard work has finally paid off,” he said.
“It’s great for her, for the club, and for the Indian culture.
“Without (coaches) Alan and Tyler Shakespeare she would not have done this so I must thank them.”
The Hamstead Primary School pupil said she was surprised with the victory, only her third win since taking up the sport fewer than 12 months ago. “I was so happy after winning and I phoned all my friends afterwards to tell them about it,’’ she said. “I love kickboxing and I want to carry on fighting. My aim is to win a world championship.”
In a busy night at the Ramada Hotel in Sutton Coldfield, Tyler Shakespeare’s fight with Sam Allen topped the bill.
The 18-year-old, also from the Saxon Academy, saw off his Scottish rival on points to bow out of kickboxing in style.
Shakespeare, who has now quit the sport to concentrate on boxing, convincingly won the opening six rounds leaving Allen needing a knock-out.
But the Erdington fighter was too good for his rival and held firm to win the WKA World Pro Am light-middleweight title.
Castle Vale’s Conar White lifted the under-40kg English Junior title, beating fellow 13-year-old Dillion Cheema from Kash Gill’s Flash Gym.
There were better fortunes for one of Kash’s other young stars during the action-packed fight night.
‘Lethal’ Loren Garbett continued to live up to her name and her growing reputation by seeing off Saxon’s Hannah White in the 52kg category.
The 14-year-old won the WKA Midland Junior title on points to continue the winning trend in her family.
Last year Kash tipped Loren and her brothers Will, aged 24, and Zak, aged 17, for the top and the Selly Oak trio have not failed to disappoint.
All three cram in five training sessions a week with the four-times world kickboxing champion.
“Loren is very talented, just like her two brothers,” said Kash.
“She’s a good little fighter and works really hard.
“It was the biggest fight of her life and she put in a solid performance.
“She’s not had many fights but the future looks good for her if she continues to fight the way she did.”