Phantoms fighters impress

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CASTLEFORD-based Phantom Kickboxing Club’s five-man team (pictured) competed in the Warriors Open tournament in Bolton.

The tournament attracted some of the best fighters in the country and several Great Britain squad members.

Andrew Lindley and Craig Hopkins lost their first fight against more experienced opponents but put up a good effort and will learn from the experience in their first major tournament.

Tom Dibb won his first fight in style and lost in the quarter-finals to the eventual winner.

Mark Barnes won his first contest to progress to the semi-finals and was then unlucky to go out in a fight in which he did enough to win. It was an outstanding achievement to gain third place in his first tournament.

Seven-year-old Alfie Beresford did well. He won his first fight, with the referee having to stop the contest before the final bell.

In his second fight, he came up against a larger, more experienced fighter and dominated the early stages, but was hit with a powerful head kick and the fight had to be stopped due to an unlucky injury.

Phantoms Kickboxing Club train at Castleford Academy on Mondays and Wednesday. For more details, contact chief instructor Craig Stokes (5th Dan Black Belt) on 07900912769.