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Young local talent Hawthorn looking to impress in first title bout

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 October 2018

Dagenham Freestyle Combat Jiu-Jitsu’s member Maisie Hawthorn (pic: Scott Horlick).

Dagenham Freestyle Combat Jiu-Jitsu’s member Maisie Hawthorn (pic: Scott Horlick).

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The Emerson Park Academy schoolgirl, who is a Dagenham Freestyle Combat Jiu-Jitsu member, will fight in Guildford this weekend

Dagenham Freestyle Combat Jiu-Jitsu member Maisie Hawthorn is preparing for a big fight this month, but one of her coaches has backed her to come out with a win.

The Emerson Park Academy schoolgirl will do battle at the Guildford Spectrum Centre on Saturday (October 6) for the British Kick-Boxing Union (BKBU) title against a currently unnamed opponent.

It will be Hawthorn’s first title bout, but the youngster has shown she can more than cope in recent contests.

Scott Horlick, an assistant coach at Dagenham Freestyle Combat Jiu-Jitsu, said: “In her last fight in March, she got noticed and her name got put forward for this.

“Something clicked for her and she looked absolutely fantastic. An association were impressed, alongside others at the event, and they got in touch about her competing in October.

“This will be her first ever title fight, but she has done really well in the previous five or six bouts.”

Hawthorn has been taught by experienced Sensei John Mackinnon and they have worked together for around five years now.

Initially at Mackinnon’s Dojo, the Dagenham Freestyle Combat Jiu-Jitsu Sensei now puts on several group sessions in the local area.

He will be in Hawthorn’s corner on Saturday week and plenty of people are expected to make the trip to Guildford to support the youngster.

“She is certainly ready and it is quite a big deal,” Horlick said. “She has picked her walk out music and will come out to it with smoke.

“I think she is a tiny bit nervous, but more looking forward to it and showing everyone what she can do.

“John and I will be in her corner and she will have loads of family supporting, so it will be a great occasion.”

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