THORNE Thai Boxer Helene Garnett captured her second world title earlier this month after stopping Belarussian opponent Marja Belush at Sheffield’s Octagon Centre.
The 36-year-old came through a gruelling bout againt Belush – who fights out of one of the most highly rated gyms in Europe – to capture the World Ring Sports Association 66kg strap.
Garnett will now step up from welterweight to middleweight ahead of a fight in Thailand in August.
She told the Gazette: “I’m so pleased with this win.
“It’s a great way to leave the old weight division behind and all my attention is now on the fight in Thailand.”
The fight was explosive from the first bell with each fighter trading blows and looking to land elbows.
Garnett was in trouble in the second after walking straight into an elbow which opened up a cut.
The Thorne fighter – who trains at Wicker Gym in Sheffield – required four stitches to repair the damage but the most pressing concern was preventing Belush from worsening it.
Rather than go on the defensive, Garnett went right at Belush and worked her body.
A strong left straight to the body saw Belush drop her arms and allowed Garnett in for a flurry of shots to the head.
The referee stepped in and raised Garnett’s hand, opening up her second world title reign and taking her record to 13 wins from 15 fights.