Kallan Todd and Krista Dyer reach finals at World Kickboxing and Karate World Championships
Kallan Todd and Krista Dyer are on the verge of glory at the World Kickboxing and Karate World Championships in Prestatyn, Wales.
The local pair both came away victorious in their opening matches at Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park on Tuesday to advance to the final in their respective divisions.
Todd secured a points victory over Frenchman Darmerval in the men’s 16 to 17 year-old +95.1kg K1 division semi-final.
Very little separated the two fighters during the opening round before Todd dominated the remaining two rounds to seal the deal.
The 16-year-old will now face New Zealand’s Te Au Pounamu Warren in the final on Wednesday.
In contrast, Dyer encountered little resistance on her way to victory having dominated from the opening bell in a lopsided women’s 63.5kg (139.7lbs) K1 division semi-final.
The 34-year-old will meet Ellen Martin, of the United States in the women’s 63.5kg final and Unified Kickboxing “Glory Rules” final, with both matches taking place on Thursday.
Todd and Dyer are among a trio of local fighters, including Che Durham, who are representing the island at the championships for the first time.
“I was very pleased with Krista Dyer’s performance,” Garon Wilkinson, the Bermuda Sanshou Association president, told The Royal Gazette. “She fought an extremely good match, strong match. She landed hard shots, meaningful shots and responded well to my commands from the corner.
“She definitely won all three rounds and just became stronger as the fight went on so I was very pleased with her semi-final win and anxious to see what she has in the final against the United States.”
Wilkinson was equally as pleased to see Todd also come away victorious.
“First round was extremely close,” he added.
“Kallan was not checking the kicks as much as he should have in the first round or attacking the body as much as I thought he should have with his hands.
“Once we made those corrections in the second round he began to dominate and by time we got the third round he knew the writing was already on the wall.
“He just had to keep his pace up to go on for the win so extremely pleased.”