Barnsley and Sheffield Dragons thai boxer Tyler Hourihan a world champion at the age of eight

Tyler Hourihan: Thai boxing champ

Tyler Hourihan: Thai boxing champ

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Barnsley’s Tyler Hourihan is a World and British Thai boxing champion - at the age of eight!

The Woodthorpe schoolboy won the British title at Barnsley Metrodome last weekend, stretching his record to eight fights unbeaten.

Earlier this year he won the inaugural Sandee Intercontinental world championship at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

Now the youngster, who started in the sport of Muay Thai boxing when he was just three, is seeded for the undefined world championship in Italy in October.

Tyler, one of a family of six, is trained by his father Peter at Sheffield Dragons.

His auntie, Kellie Davis, is one of his top supporters. She said: “Tyler is very committed and needs no pushing from his parents. Watching him last weekend I couldn’t believe how confident and driven he was, to not only fight and win but show companionship and respect to his opponent and his team. His school are proud of his achievements.

The family have a GOFUND ME page (https://www.gofundme.com/27m5g6c) running to help fund the cost of Tyler’s trip to Italy and are looking for support of local people and businesses .

Tyler would like to thank father Peter, Terry at Sheffield Dragons and A&S Transport Training and United Sports Initiative.

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