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Islington kickboxer hopes first European title success will lead to world championship

PUBLISHED: 16:48 30 July 2014 | UPDATED: 16:48 30 July 2014

Syed Haider Mann (left) with referee Hugh Crawford

Syed Haider Mann (left) with referee Hugh Crawford

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Islington kickboxer Syed Haider Mannan has reiterated his desire to become a world champion after claiming his first European title in Manchester.

The 52-year-old won the gold medal in the Over-85kg category for sparring at the combined British and European Championships earlier this month.

“I’m training very hard and now I’m a European champion, my ambition is still very high,” he said. “To become world champion is my dream and I’m desperately looking for sponsorship to help make that happen.”

Mannan, who had already won three domestic titles despite serious health problems and an ongoing leg injury, is now preparing for the FSK British Championships at the end of August.

A black belt seventh dan, the Islington fighter will also be representing England at the World Tae Kwon-do Championships in Michigan during the autumn.

Any potential sponsors interested in helping Mannan realise his ambition can contact him at haiderblackbelt@ymail.com

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