A WOMBWELL kickboxer shed five kilograms in three days to qualify for a short notice title fight - and he went on to win.
Dan Tyas, 27, emerged victorious against Lincoln's Roman Sikorski for the International Sport Kickboxing Association English championship title at the weekend.
Sikorski's original opponent had pulled out three days before the fight due to an injury so Dan was called in at short notice to compete - but needed to shed 5kgs to qualify for the light middleweight category.
He did this by cutting out carbohydrates and 'water loading' - drinking three gallons of water over two days to make his body efficient at excreting it. He then drank no water for 24 hours before the fight and then took a hot bath.
Combat Academy head coach Mick Crossland said Dan gave his best performance yet in the fight, outpointing and outclassing his more experienced opponent and dropping him for an eight count in the fourth round of the five-round contest.
He sustained cuts above both eyes during the contest with Sikorski - who's known for nine out of ten of his wins coming via a knockout.
He said: "Dan had been working hard already for a fight a couple of weeks from now that ended up falling through, so we knew he was in good shape and that despite his lack of experience at this level, he had the talent to handle it.
"So when the opportunity came we jumped at it. Dan put all his training into practice and produced a sublime display of skill and guile that did us all proud."