North Island kickboxing champ Kelvyn Jones has brought home a silver and bronze medal from the Unified World Championships in Spain. The Unified Games is a global combat sports tournament that features hundreds of the best athletes from around the planet.
Eighteen-year-old Jones was one of six New Zealand fighters who went over to compete at the tournament at the beginning of this month.
He beat out Vasile Niti from Moldova, an Eastern European country near Romania, for the bronze medal in the low-kick category.
A rule that means you can kick and punch your opponent in the leg, body and head, but cannot clinch, knee or elbow.
He then went on to fight Spanish fighter Jon Miguez Talledo in the K1 final, but lost on points.
"I was fighting smart, I stayed calm and fought how I wanted to but still wasn't enough so I'd say that was the hardest fight for me," says Jones.
He'd previously fought the Spaniard in the semifinal of the low-kick but lost by TKO in the third round.
Speaking from Spain, he says the experience has been really great.
"I loved the experience of getting to see new places and different ways of doing things."
It's the first time Jones has fought internationally and was in the 65kg weight category at the six-day competition in Benidorm. "Yeah, it feels great - happy with what I have accomplished so far," says Jones. Born and raised in Flaxmere, he says kickboxing has changed his life for the better.
He is a former Karamu High student and is working towards securing a carpentry apprenticeship.