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Penzance star pairs up with Pacquiao

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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PENZANCE'S Julie Kitchen is in Hollywood training with boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Kitchen has been track running and performing abdominal workouts with Pacquiao, who has even offered an all expenses paid trip to accompany him at his next fight in Las Vegas this year against Juan Manuel Marquez.

Meanwhile, one of Kitchen's Touchgloves proteges, Vikki Church, will take centre ring this Saturday when she faces British and Welsh champion Tanya Merrit in Cardiff.

Church is coming off a first round stoppage win and has been training hard at Touchgloves gym.

She is the latest in a long line of champion female fighters schooled at the gym, which has had huge success worldwide and has been highlighted on Sky television this week on the Enfusion program shown twice nightly on Extreme channel 419.

At the end of a delicate debate involving officials, parents and coaches, it has been decided that the controversial defeat for Touchgloves gym's Amber Kitchen in her recent junior bout with Chaos gym's Sammy Luxton be over-ruled.

Evidence

The fight at Carn Brea Leisure Centre three weeks ago was an epic display by both girls, but on release of the footage and photographic evidence it became clear that one of the judges had his vision obscured by the Chaos gym's coach.

While it was debatable whether this was a calculated tactic, under the rules of muaythai it is not allowed and frowned upon by many officials worldwide.

Video evidence of the bout also proved Amber took the points decision which has also been scored unbiasedly by other renowned British officials. However, it has been deemed a no-contest due to the girls' ages.

A rematch offered by Touchgloves for December 15 in Birmingham was been turned down so Amber will now proceed to fight for the European title on the show run by Pete Spensley of the Celtic Challenge.

Touchgloves gym's Nathan Kitchen said: "I stayed out of any official decision as I don't think it's fair for me or the opposition to be involved, but I will always back what is right for the sport, win, lose or draw.

"When I saw the fight on YouTube it cemented Amber's performance and tainted the result. I will not use these officials on another show."

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