Westcott on top of the world

TOBY Westcott is like any other young boy who likes sport - he just has a world title.

On Saturday in Queensland, Westcott took out the a World Kick Boxing Federation Junior World Title in the atomweight division.

Under full Thai rules, which allows elbows and knees, the 12-year-old won with a technical knockout (TKO) in the third round against American Nicholas Blagovisny.

The Orange fighter said taking out the world title was like nothing he’d experienced before.

“It’s the best feeling you can get,” he smiled.

The title bout was to be fought over five two-minute rounds but Westcott only needed three.

He landed an elbow and then overpowered the American to claim the title.

“It went the way I hoped it would go,” he said.

“It was a good fight. He was strong.”

Blagovisny came into the title fight having had 15 bouts for just one loss.

Westcott is trained by his father, Gavin, who was obviously proud of his son’s efforts.

“His fitness is great and his technique is spot on,” Gavin explained.

“It’s been a massive road to get there.”

Toby has been training for seven years but this isn’t his first title.

He has already claimed a World Muay Thai Council (WMC) Australian pinweight title, which he successfully defended.

Westcott also holds a WMC Oceania title in the same weight division.

Now Toby will take some time off from fighting to allow him to grow without the pressure of making weights.

Toby might not be stepping into the ring for a while but he will keep training and stay occupied with other sports including touch football, softball and rugby league.

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