Young kick boxer captures third title

Young kick boxer captures third title

On August 13, in the Miyazato district of Nago, Kaito Gibu holds his three champion belts.


August 22, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Fourteen year-old kick boxer, Kaito Gibu, a second grade pupil of Nago Municipal Omiya Junior High School, secured his third title in a competition held in Tokyo.
Gibu intends to fight in various competitions in future, saying, “I am determined to win all my bouts.”

He became champion in the 45-kilogram division in a competition sponsored by a Thai company. At the start of the fight, Gibu was on defensive, but he got the upper hand from the middle of the fight, going on to win on points.

In addition to this champion belt, Gibu won two championships at 40-kilogram division in other competitions in 2011. In recognition of his achievements, a Muay Thai promoter in Thailand plans to issue him with a Muay Thai fighter license, so young Gibu will become a professional Muay Thai fighter within the next year.

Gibu is currently practicing at a fight gym in Tokyo where kickboxing competitions are held. He comes back to Okinawa after each of his fights. He runs six kilometers in the morning and at night, and practices for several hours at the gym.

Gibu said, “I felt strong because I have been through a hard training regime. I aim to continue winning all the competitions this year.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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