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Meet Sunderland’s answer to Jean-Claude Van Damme ... and he’s only eight years old!

Logan Herron, eight, proudly showing off his Contact Council Five Nations belt and medal which he clinched in competition in Nottinghamshire.

Logan Herron, eight, proudly showing off his Contact Council Five Nations belt and medal which he clinched in competition in Nottinghamshire.

MEET the mini Van Damme taking the kickboxing world by storm.

This mighty Mackem is already the talk of the martial arts industry after he fought his way to a national title – aged just eight.

Logan Herron, of Grindon, took the top honour for his age category at the Junior Full Contact Council Five Nations championship in Newark, Nottinghamshire.

The success comes after Logan competed in Switzerland last year, winning silver and bronze medals at the World Championships.

The Grindon Broadway Junior School pupil’s proud parents, Carly and Paul, say the prize is fully deserved as their son puts in hours of training each week at Spartan Gym in Hylton Castle.

“He boxed four fights over 13 rounds altogether to win the belt and he only had a few minutes of rest in between some of the bouts,” said Paul, 29, of Grindon.

“His coach, Paul Grieves, believes in him and thinks he can do well.”

Carly, 30, said: “Logan trains four or five hours a week sometimes and he really enjoys it.”

Paul Grieves, who is a fourth dan black belt and instructor at Spartan, which he set up himself, heaped praise on his protege.

“Logan has done exceptionally well,” said Mr Grieves, who trains up dozens of youngsters each week at Spartan.

“Logan actually faced his uncle, Mitchell Fairweather, in the final, and it was a draw so they had to do an extra round but he managed to win.

“It’s a lot for a young kid like himself, but it just shows how dedicated an athlete he is.

“He was facing the best of the best from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland, so these lads have come from all over and he’s beaten them.”

 

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