Tate on the rise

Kickboxer crowned Enlgish ISKA Full Contact Cruiserweight champion

Kickboxer Andrew Tate has the world at his feet after being crowned Enlgish ISKA Full Contact Cruiserweight champion.

The 22-year-old stopped Paul Rundle in the fifth round of their bout in Derby last Saturday and, as a result, he is now ranked number one at his weight in Europe.

Tate, of Frederick Street in Luton, said: "I've got over 30 trophies, but this is the first belt and title I've won."

Victory means that the Storm Gym fighter has now won an impressive 17 of his 19 fights, with two defeats.

And Tate has high hopes for the future, saying: "I've European and world title fights coming up.

"I'm fighting for bigger and better things later in the year.

"Everyone is saying I've got the potential to be world class if I'm not there already."

Tate doesn't have any bouts set in stone just yet, but he has certainly made great strides since starting kickboxing four and a half years ago.

Before that, Tate, who sells television advertising, had practised boxing and a range of martial arts.

And while there is the potential to earn hundreds of thousands of pounds from fighting at European and world title level, Tate admits he won't be giving up his day job just yet.

He added: "It can grow into something quite big.

"I could live off it, but I wouldn't have a beautiful living. It's still my secondary thing."