Kickboxing: Scott Hughes claims five gold medals

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Edinburgh’s Scott Hughes has returned home a hero after winning five gold medals at the Unified World Kickboxing Championships in Benidorm, Spain.

Hughes, 18, spent a week on the Costa Blanca and was a cut above his opponents as he eased through to five finals last Sunday, taking gold in both the light and semi contact under-84kg weight division as well as light and semi contact for under-89kg.

The teenager also finished top of the podium in the Tae Kwon Do ITF men’s division to complete his truly remarkable feat.

“I must have fought about 15 fights with all five of my finals coming on Sunday so it was pretty tiring if I’m being honest,” a jubilant Hughes said. “But I feel good overall and I just had in mind going over there that I wanted to retain my three titles from last year (light and semi contact under-84 and Tae Kwon Do ITF men’s division) and I would be more than happy. But to win five is just unreal so I’m buzzing about it.

“There were thousands attending the competition from all over the world with about 25 rings in the arena, so it took about a week to get through all the fights,” Hughes added.

Hughes’ mentor and Scottish Tae Kwon Do Academy instructor James Watson, a former six-times world kickboxing champion, says his student’s achievements are a reflection of his natural ability.

“He’s got eight world titles for kickboxing where I had six so it’s very pleasing he’s managed to do that,” Watson said. “He’ll go down in history for what he’s managed so it’s exceptional. He also won a World Tae Kwon Do Championships in July as well.”