'Cheers and tears' at moving tribute to young Sheffield kickboxer Scott Marsden

Cheers and 'tears of pride' greeted a moving tribute to the hugely talented Sheffield kickboxer Scott Marsden, who died aged just 14.

Tuesday, 8th May 2018, 11:49 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th May 2018, 11:51 am
Competitors at the World Kickboxing Organisation (WKO) 5 Nations Ringsports Championships, which were dedicated to Scott Marsden (photo: Jon Green/WKO)

Hundreds of people attended this year's World Kickboxing Organisation (WKO) 5 Nations Ringsports Championships, which were dedicated to the young fighter from Malin Bridge.

The competition - re-branded the Scott Marsden Celebration Championships, in his memory - began with a 20-minute montage showcasing the phenomenal skills which propelled him to a world title and made him one of the sport's most highly-rated prospects.

Scott Marsden's father Simon with his daughters Katie and Heather (photo: Ron Green/WKO)

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WKO president Jon Green, who organised the event in partnership with Scott's father Simon Marsden, said: "When the montage, which probably only covered about three per cent of Scott's amazing achievements, ended there was a massive eruption of cheers, applause and tears of pride from those who knew Scott, having trained with him over the years.

"It was a bittersweet day, especially for Scott's family, but I think they appreciated the opportunity to share memories of Scott with everyone who was there."

More than 500 people attended the annual event at the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley, according to Mr Green - the biggest turnout in its history.

Scott Marsden was a junior world champion (photo: SWNS)

There were around 160 competitors from across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland battling it out for 18 different titles.

Simon Marsden was there with his daughters Katie and Heather.

The event on Sunday, April 22, was held close to Scott's birthday on April 1, when he would have turned 16 this year.

There were 18 titles up for grabs at the championships (photo: Jon Green/WKO)

The Forge Valley School student died after collapsing during a national title bout in March last year, on his return to the ring after breaking his leg playing for Hallam FC Juniors.

Mr Green, who had worked with the youngster, described him as 'one of the best junior fighters the UK has ever produced' and said he had been a 'fantastic ambassador' who inspired many people to take up the sport.

The memorial championships raised about £1,000 for Scott's family, and T-shirts printed in his memory are expected to generate a further £1,500 to be split between the family and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which supported them.

More than 500 people attended this year's competition (photo: Jon Green/WKO)