Durham based prospect wins world youth Muay Thai title, eyes big venues for future.
Jordan Williams, a 16 year old college student from Trimdon Coillery, County Durham, has won a world title in Muay Thai at the Unified World Championships in Tuscany, Italy. Training out of Erawan Thai Boxing under Steven Wright, the local lad was matched against tough opposition on his way to winning the 60kg title in the 16-18 year old age bracket.
Initially to secure his place in Italy, Jordan had to compete in Birmingham, fighting off 3 opponents and being noticed by onlookers for his tenacity and ability. Having won all of those fights in one day, Jordan was on his way to Italy.
After reaching the final, he was matched with Maury Alban, a 17 year old fighter from France who had stopped his opposition and won gold in the k1 category on his way to the match. Williams was more than prepared though, and cruised to victory, flooring the French teenager repeatedly on his way to a unanimous decision win. Afterwards, Jordan said that he was: “over the moon to win in Italy, the pressure felt more intense as I really wanted to bring that win home and prove I could do it.”
The title win brings Jordan into the spotlight as a huge prospect in British Muay Thai. A 16 year old with a seemingly meteoric future ahead of him, the young one first got into Thai boxing when his uncle brought him to Erawan when he was 12 years old. Initially, trainer Steven Wright had told Jordan to stick to football as he was attracting attention from professional clubs, but as time went on his dedication and talent began to shine and his future in the sport seemed assured.
Steven Wright commented on the youth’s potential: “He has always told me where he wants to end up and his efforts back this up, I couldn’t do anything but put my time into this young kid doing countless extra training sessions and free private tuition to help him achieve his goals. I remember having to speak with his parents to try and convince them to allow him to compete as I don’t think they or other people who knew him could comprehend how talented Jordan had become.”
Following his victory, the sports science and physiotherapy student at East Durham College is now eyeing up big fights in 2014. He will be opening bouts at both the Reebok stadium and USN arena next year following months of discussions between his trainer & top promoters. These prestigious arenas will give the North-Eastern talent yet more exposure and showcase his skill set to a wide audience. The teenager has limitless potential and a great work ethic and is already being tipped to headline these type of events in a few more years.
The North-East may very well have a new golden boy to look out for in the future. Steven left us with a closing remark: “he really could be one of the biggest young stars to come out of this Country in this sport.”
MMA Newcastle would like to congratulate Jordan on his win and wish him the best of luck for his future.
Article by Craig Thomas Boyle.