Ashdown and Da Silva seize more world title belts

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Crawley Martial Arts Academy stars Paulo Da Silva and Ruth Ashdown both became double world champions on Saturday when they overcame top flight opponents from Belarus at the Effingham Park Hotel in Copthorne.

A sell out crowd watched Da Silva, from Pound Hill, defeated WBC national champion Andrei Zayats from Minsk with a third round knock-out.

Reigning ISKA World champion Ashdown beat current World WMF champion Katerina Vandarieva to win the ICO World title when after unbelievable pressure her team retired her from the fight during the third round.

Crawley chief instructor John Jarvis said: “I’m very proud for of them to have beaten them. Apart from the Thais, the Belarussians are the best in the World - they are full-time pro’s while we have to fit training around work. These were both massive wins, Their tactics were brilliant. They imposed themselves and didn;t give them a chance to show off.”

Ashdown took the fight to the Belarussian in the first round and set a strong pace, Ashdown didn’t give her any room to work which frustrated her more experienced opponent.

In the second round Vanderieva came out throwing very strong shots trying to stop the forward momentum of Ashdown. who pushed through and landed her own punches, kicks and knees.

In round 3 Ashdown continued to impose herself and score highly so much that Vandarieva’s corner team threw in the towel to save her from further punishment.

Zayats started confidently as did Da Silva with both thai-boxers throwing good strong techniques.

Da Silva, 32, continued to attack the legs of Zayats, mixing it up with good punch combinations too. Zayats tried to rally but Da Silva was undeterred again pushing forward and putting pressure on his opponent.

In the third round Da Silva landed a heavy low kick to send Kayats reeling to the canvas.