A KICKBOXER from Severn Beach has set his sights on becoming British champion after landing the WRSA AM English title.

Joe Meachin, 24, only took up kickboxing three years ago but he picked it up quickly.

He earned his first shot at the English title in September and, although he lost, he learnt from the experience and triumphed at the second attempt last month.

“It was an amazing feeling,” said Meachin, who grew up in Olveston and went to Marlwood School.

“I have been working towards it for a while. I already had the Southern area title to my name so that was the next step.

“Hopefully by the end of the year I’ll get a British title fight.”

Meachin is a member of Pro-K, where he attends classes at Spaniorum Farm Gym in Easter Compton and at Sea Mills Community Centre, and admits he would like to become an instructor in the future.

He said: “I’ve always had an interest in boxing. I was training at Spanorium Gym in Easter Compton and got into the kickboxing club through that.

“For now I’m looking for the British title and in the future I want to run my own club.”