Mike Hales's Ultimate Fighting Championship ambition

Kicking it – Mike Hales puts Hayden Sheriff on the back foot

Kicking it – Mike Hales puts Hayden Sheriff on the back foot

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MIKE Hales has his sights set on making it to the UFC after continuing his fine start to his fighting career with another eye catching win in Southend on Sunday.

The Canvey Island based 18-year-old produced a number of powerful kicks to see off Hayden Sheriff inside the first round in a K1 battle at the Talk Nightclub.

And Hales hopes his talents can take him to the biggest mixed martial arts promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“I hope to one day hold some titles and make it to the UFC so it was great to get another win,” said Hales, a Seevic College student.

“It was my second fight and I felt more relaxed and much fitter this time.

“I was really happy to get the win and I’m already looking forward to more fights.”

Hales prepared for the fight by training at the SS8 gym on Canvey Island.

The youngster was also put through his paces at the TSG gym in Westcliff.

And he was keen to thank them both for their help.

“My two coaches, Diana Sigston and Daniel Burzotta really helped me with my training and I owe them a lot,” said Hales.

“They got me in to good shape and it was thanks to them I was in shape to win like I did.”

Hales will now turn his attentions back towards helping even younger fighters follow in his foot-steps.

Hales regularly puts aspiring fighters through their paces at the SS8 Gym.

And he is looking forward to helping them flourish as well.

“I really enjoy working with the kids and they’re all doing really well,” said Hales.

“All ages and abilities are welcome and it’s great working with them.”

Hales is also on the look-out for new sponsors.

Anyone interested can contact him via the Echo sports desk on 01268 469307 or chris.phillips@nqe.com


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