Gravesend kickboxing prodigy Phoebe Cumiskey crowned world champion after WKA showdown

PUBLISHED: 11:52 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 08 May 2017

Phoebe Cumiskey with her WKA world title belt

Phoebe Cumiskey with her WKA world title belt


The 14-year-old earned the junior world title on Saturday

Kickboxing prodigy Phoebe ‘The Mighty Atom’ Cumiskey has added another title to her growing list of success - this time a world championship.

The Gravesend schoolgirl fought in front of hundreds of fans to take the WKA Junior World Championship belt at the Kent Event Centre in Detling, Maidstone on Saturday.

At 14-years-old, the new world champion has already picked up more than dozen titles, but this fight, up against ‘The Princess with a Punch’ Victoria Perkins was described as her toughest yet.

Leigh Haiworth, father of Phoebe’s trainer and coach Paul Haiworth, said: “It was a tough fight, it went all the way and was nearly a draw.

“The referee pulled us into the middle at the end and said there were three things we could do, we could call it a draw, we could go another round or we could let him decide as an independent expert.

“Both girls already had their gloves off, so we let him decide and he picked Phoebe because she was the cleaner, better fighter.”

As well as achieving her own personal glory over the weekend, the Thamesview School student also brings the number of world titles won by members of her club, Star Kickboxing, up to 12 since it first opened in Shorne 13-years-ago.

“I’m really, really proud of Phoebe, it was a great atmosphere, over a thousand people were watching and now she’s earned the WKA World Championship belt,” added Mr Haiworth.

“The promoter was so impressed he even got an extra special belt to award her after the fight.”

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