Tyson, 19, new world champion

WITH all of his hard work paying off, Roselands’ kickboxer Tyson Martin, 19, has won the ISKA K1 60kg World Championship after a three-day battle in Munich, Germany, where he defeated challengers from Ireland and Germany.

This followed him winning the NSW State K1 Kickboxing title, the youngest fighter ever to challenge for the championship.
Tyson said he had to prepare himself mentally as well as physically to take part in the world championship after missing out the year before in Italy.
“I trained every morning and every night, leaving no stone unturned,” he said.
“Luckily all of that extra work has paid off.
“Everyone was so happy to see me win, it really makes my heart warm.”
Training at Campsie’s Australian Kickboxing Academy under founder and coach Jim Perdios, Tyson was 14 when he told him he wanted to be a world champion.
“You usually take comments like that with a grain of salt but I knew this kid was serious and now he’s done it,” Perdios said.
“After his NSW win, he didn’t even celebrate; just straight home to bed.
“It’s like that with all of my fighters who are very talented and dedicated, they don’t drink or party but are into healthy living because they take their sport so seriously.”
Coaching young kickboxers and working in the family restaurant when he is not training, Tyson is incredibly excited with the victory.
“My goal is to turn professional and I feel like everything is falling into place,” he said.