SIYA Disenyana’s knockout performance at the South African Amateur Kickboxing Championships in Pretoria last month earned him a gold medal and the SA championship in his weight division.
The 19-year-old Kabega Park resident, who took silver at last year’s SA champs, fought in the full contact senior men’s under-67kg division.
After winning gold and bronze at the South Coast challenge and a gold at the South African Kickboxing Association’s Fight Night in March, Disenyana’s next goal was to win the national champs.
“It is surreal having won it,” he said.
“I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that I am the SA champion.”
This tournament was “the big one”, said Disenyana, as it hosted the country’s toughest fighters to determine the best-of-the-best.
The sports psychology student particularly enjoyed his time at Fight Night, which took place in George.
“It was a great experience. There were ring girls, music, a large crowd – the whole enchilada. It was like Vegas in George,” he joked.
Disenyana, who belongs to Fighting Forms gym in Westering, said his fitness training was going well and he had recently started working on his muscle endurance.
The fighter was awarded his Eastern Province colours last year and is now waiting for confirmation of his inclusion in the national team to compete in the African Champs in Madagascar next month.