Best of British up next for kickboxing brothers

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Brothers Alfie Lynch and Richy Edson will be looking to showcase their differing styles at the upcoming International Combat Organisation’s British Kickboxing Open, writes Liam Apicella.

Fourteen-year-old Lynch made great strides in 2016, culminating in him winning a bronze medal at the World Martial Art Games in South Africa.

The Mildenhall College Academy pupil continued that form by clinching gold in the -56kg at the recent Norfolk Open Championship.

That event in Stalham proved to be a family affair, with younger sibling Edson (nine at the time, now 10) also coming out on top in the -31kg category.

Ahead of the national event in Birmingham on Sunday, March 26, coach Billy Brown said of his prospects: “Alfie is now looking like a complete kickboxer.

“He has always had the moves and technique, but things are flowing now.

“On the other hand, Richy is a true fighter who does not stop from start to finish.

“His technique is not there yet like Alfie, but it will come with work.”

The competition in England’s second city will pit the brothers against some of the best talent in the country.

With that in mind, Brown, who coaches in Thetford, Watton, Necton and is looking for a facility in Brandon, has admitted it will be a big test for the duo.

“They will not be out-classed, but this is a huge challenge for them,” he added.

“This is to show them how far they have come, but also how far they have to go.”

n As they look to progress up the ladder, both fighters are appealing for some sponsorship to help with the growing costs.

Any persons or businesses interested can contact hobbitedson@googlemail.com or ring 07725 714323.