VIDEO: Kickboxing championship to honour 'remarkable' legacy of tragic young Sheffield fighter Scott Marsden

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A major kickboxing championship is being dedicated to the memory of Sheffield fighter Scott Marsden, hailed as one of the finest young talents the UK has ever produced.

Scott, from Malin Bridge, died after collapsing during a national title bout in March last year, weeks before he was due to celebrate his 15th birthday.

Scott Marsden after another impressive victory (photo: Jon Green)

Scott Marsden after another impressive victory (photo: Jon Green)

The Scott Marsden Celebration Championships, in connection with the World Kickboxing Organisation (WKO) 5 Nations Ringsports Championships, will take place at the Metrodome Leisure Complex in Barnsley on Sunday, April 22.

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The competition, dubbed 'Welcome to the Jungle', is being jointly organised by Scott's father Simon Marsden and WKO president Jon Green.

It is being held to raise money for Scott's family and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which supported them.

Mr Green, who worked with Scott when the youngster was a member of the England squad, described the event as a chance to honour the 'remarkable' legacy of an 'inspirational' young fighter who had the world at his feet.

A trophy cabinet at Hillsborough Sports Arena displaying many of Scott Marsden's many trophies and medals (photo: SWNS)

A trophy cabinet at Hillsborough Sports Arena displaying many of Scott Marsden's many trophies and medals (photo: SWNS)

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"Scott was undoubtedly one of the best junior fighters the UK has ever produced. He was already a world champion at junior level and he would have become a senior world champion for sure," he said.

"There are so many people in the sport who remember and cherish Scott, and this is an opportunity to celebrate his remarkable legacy.

"We knew he was talented at the time but looking back at the videos you realise just how gifted he was.

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"Not only was he an amazing fighter, he was a fantastic ambassador for the sport. It's easy to become arrogant when you reach the level he did, but he was the most humble person you could hope to meet.

Scott Marsden was an incredibly talented young kickboxer (photo: SWNS)

Scott Marsden was an incredibly talented young kickboxer (photo: SWNS)

"He inspired a lot of people to get involved in the sport."

The championships will feature some of the most talented kickboxers from across the UK and Ireland.

Tickets for the competition are on sale now, priced £10, and you can register to compete until April 14.

Memorial T-shirts featuring the familiar image of 'Scotty' with his arms aloft, accompanied by the message 'a true champion forever in our hearts', have been specially printed for the event.

Scott who would have turned 16 on Sunday, April 1, was a pupil at Forge Valley School in Stannington.

He won a 50kg gold title at the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) finals in Spain in 2015 and was set to compete for another world title the following year, only to break his leg days before he was due to fly out.

Scott, who was also a talented footballer, playing for Hallam FC Juniors, was making his return from injury when he suddenly fell ill during the bout in Leeds on March 11 last year.

He died days later and the cause of his death has yet to be confirmed.

* For more details about the championships, and to book tickets, visit www.kihapp.com/tournaments/3480-wko-5-nations-open-championships-scott-marsden.