North Motherwell kickboxer Darren Smith is the new CMAA British middleweight champion after victory in Manchester.
Smith already held the organisation’s Scottish title and he grabbed more gold with a third round knock-out of Stephen Devine.
The 24-year-old took up the sport just a year ago and trains under World champion Gary McLeary at his Inferno Gym in Motherwell.
Smith said: “I think it’s fair so say I had a really good day at the office in Manchester, it was great to get a knock-out victory over Devine.
“Having Gary in my corner is such a bonus, being a World champion he has so much advice to give and I am enjoying learning a lot from working with him.
“Even our sparring sets me up for taking punishment for being in the ring as he is a super-heavyweight so is a big guy and I can tell you he hits hard even in sparring.
“However, the benefit is that after taking his shots when I get in the ring with guys my own size I barely feel it when they hit me.”
Smith is hoping for more gold when he goes for the WKA Scottish title in a couple of weeks and also has his eyes focused on the British and Commonwealth titles in September.
He said: “I love fighting, and I know I still have a lot to learn, but if I continue to make progress who knows where it will lead.”