GILES Richards said he was in "total control" from the first bell as three month's training culminated in him sealing the Total Full Contact Southern Area kick-boxing belt on Saturday.
The award-winning martial arts instructor of Yeovil came out on top against a Polish opponent thanks to a dominant display on the South West Christmas Special card at Weston-super-Mare.
Cheered on by support from across the region, the 27-year-old who has spent countless hours in his Yeovil gym with aide Lee Peaty believed his preparations left the contest with only one winner from the early stages.
Richards said: "The fight went to plan from the word go. My opponent came swinging as we had thought and so I had to slip, duck and weave to avoid his shots.
"I began to find my range and timing fairly quickly and began to pick him off. He had a good straight left hand so we knew to avoid this
"I made sure to throw my shot and then get out of range. I did not want to get involved in a brawl with him as he is a tough lad who has fought at least five times this year and for three different titles.
"We paced the fight well and slowly he began to tire. Each round I picked up the work rate to ensure I was winning the rounds. The fight went the distance and I won all rounds and felt in total control from start to finish."