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Kickbox champ, aged 51

PUBLISHED: 14:58 18 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:11 12 August 2010

A MOTOR industry worker has been crowned a kickboxing champion at 51. Keith Morris, who works at Ancaster Nissan in Croydon Road in Penge

A MOTOR industry worker has been crowned a kickboxing champion at 51.

Keith Morris, who works at Ancaster Nissan in Croydon Road in Penge, came back boasting the title of World Veterans Champion after travelling to the World Kickboxing Championships in Austria.

Mr Morris, who trains at The Paragon Gym in Shoreditch, didn't begin kickboxing until he was in his mid-thirties.

Since then he has risen through the ranks to become one of Britain's most respected fighters and in his heyday was the British number one.

He returned victorious from the competition last month where he was even fighting two divisions above his weight.

Mr Morris said: "I was really up against it because the favourite was Austrian and the home crowd were really behind him. However, I never go into something half-heartedly. I went to Austria to win and am elated to have achieved that.

"When you do something like this you realise how many people you have to thank it's not just about me. My biggest supporter was my Sensei, John Lawson, who gave me the skills and confidence to win. The Ancaster Nissan Group has also been fantastic in sponsoring me in my bid to become World Champion. Without all the help and support I have received, I would not be World Champion now."

When asked about his future in kickboxing, Mr Morris said he is not planning to defend his title next year:

He added: "I won't be fighting on the world stage again. You have to quit while you are ahead and it is always good to go out on top. I plan to continue in the sport though, primarily teaching, but also fighting occasionally.

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