NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – In a single week, the US Nationwide kickboxing championships come to Nashville. 236 fighters from 29 states will compete.
Inside a north Nashville fitness center, members of staff Bonafyde work to prepare for the largest kickboxing match within the metropolis’s historical past. “We’re gonna be bringing some warmth. It is a good space for prime stage competitors,” says professional fighter Alvin Miller.
Tennessee State College alum Omari Boyd is the fighter who put the Nashville space on the kickboxing map. In 2017, Boyd turned the primary American to win the bronze medal on the Kickboxing World Video games in Warsaw, Poland.
“It felt good,” says Boyd. “To know that you’re distinctive. Nobody’s finished this earlier than. I am the primary.”
And Boyd’s success helped his coach, Kevin Walker, develop the game. “Ever since then, others have adopted Boyd’s lead and we have had extra illustration from Center Tennessee then virtually all of the states up thus far,” says Bonafyde, Inc. Founder Kevin Walker.
It is a massive cause why the nationwide match will probably be right here.
Robert Turner is right here due to Walker. The 2 met when Turner wrestled in highschool. Years later, Turner got here to Walker’s fitness center trying to drop a few pounds. Now he’ll compete within the nationwide match.
“I got here in at 215 lbs. Now at 190, attempting to get to 180. Having the ability to compete within the nationwide championship at this stage, I like it!” says Turner.
“We have expertise, take a look at the belts on the wall. We have put fighters in six or seven completely different nations during the last couple of years,” provides Miller.
However, subsequent week is about bringing the fights on a nationwide stage right here to Nashville with the hopes of inspiring the subsequent technology of expertise.
“I would like the neighborhood to get behind this,” says Crew USA Nashville’s Robert Savage.
“It is one thing new to the town. Kickboxing and MMA nonetheless may give children a type of management, social abilities and sometime you will be like Omari Boyd.”
Weigh-ins for the match start Friday, February twenty sixth.
Competitors begins Saturday, February twenty seventh.
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