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Gravesend kickboxer retains IKF World Amateur Bantamweight title

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 March 2016 | UPDATED: 11:00 01 March 2016

Tina Harvey in action. Photo: Jon Snapaway

Tina Harvey in action. Photo: Jon Snapaway

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Tina 'The Machine' Harvey was victorious over Laury Vico

A kickboxer from Gravesend retained her world title after a gruelling fight in Rochester at the weekend.

Tina ‘The Machine’ Harvey was victorious over Laury Vico, who had 77 wins under her belt going into the fight, in a seven-round defence of her title.

The fight went the distance but Tina was dominant throughout, catching her opponent with some heavy blows before coming out on top in a unanimous points victory, to take home the IKF World Amateur Bantamweight crown once again.

Tina was one of five members of Gravesend’s Star Kickboxing club, located at the Apex Business Park off Queens Farm Road, to feature at the Casino Rooms nightclub on Saturday, none of whom were beaten on the night.

Among the others was 12-year-old prodigy Phoebe ‘The Mighty Atom’ Cumiskey who has three world titles and three five nations belts to her name.

On this occasion, she demonstrated powerful technique and footwork to stop Toni Timmins in the third round after a barrage of shots, to take home the IKF Junior International Rules title belt.

Next to fight was Reece Chuter against the defending champion Dan Elgar for the IKF Southern Area Super-Middleweight Title.

Chuter’s fast and furious style was to prove too much for his opponent, who fell after just 64 seconds in the first round with a spinning backfist to the jaw.

Simon McGrath weighing in at 110kg was to fight Tom Reid in what turned out to be something of a battle of the giants, in which McGrath also knocked out his opponent in the first round with a crunching blow to the chin.

Finally, Jermaine ‘Jam’ Robinson recorded a respectable draw against the experienced Nathan Smith from Hastings, to bring to a close a fine evening for Star Kickboxing.

Instructor Leigh Haworth said: “It was an explosive night of kickboxing, they’ve all done so well and it’s fantastic for the club to see them recognised with so many titles.”

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