Williams Lake muay thai kickboxer Lloyd Kenny marched away from Vancouver’s North American Challenge with one more win under his belt.
The event, a semi-pro kickboxing challenge between Canadian and U.S. competitors, was held at Vancouver’s Fraser View Hall on Oct. 21.
Kenny’s opponent was Olympia, Wash.’s David Correa, who he squared off with in a heavyweight (205-pound) contest.
“It was a pretty good fight,” Kenny, who trains at Williams Lake Muay Thai, said. “It was pretty fair, and we were both pretty close to the same weight.”
Fortunately for Kenny the fight lasted just over one minute in length.
Kenny used crushing leg kicks and hard uppercuts to force his opponent’s corner to throw in the towel just one minute and 27 seconds into the first round.
Kenny attributed the win to his use of leg kicks, which he said helps soften up his opponents during a fight.
“The biggest thing I do is kick a lot of the time,” he said.
“That normally puts people out of the fight. If someone’s hurt and their leg is in constant pain they tend to just drop out. That’s what he did, he took a knee and left.”
Kenny’s trainer and owner of Williams Lake Muay Thai Paul Rosborough said he was extremely pleased with the performance.
“It was great to see Lloyd put it all together and bring home a knockout for Canada,” he said. “Lloyd came into this fight on a mission, to run right through Correa, and that’s exactly what he did.”
Coming up on Nov. 18 Kenny, and Williams Lake Muay Thai teammate Kanyon Gleeson, will be competing at Surrey’s Bombay Banquet Hall and Convention Centre.
Then, in March, Kenny said he’s been lined up for a shot at the vacant Canadian Muay Thai Association B.C. heavyweight title at Vancouver’s Maritime Labour Centre.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” Kenny said.
“It’s a title that I look forward to hopefully getting.”