max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Kings of Anglia Issue 7 Magazine Offer With Jimmy Bullard and Tristan Nydam

Video: Bury Thai boxer Joe Le Maire aims for the top after winning prestigious WBC flyweight belt

PUBLISHED: 10:17 19 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:17 19 May 2015

Young Bury St Edmunds Thai fighter Joe Le Maire has just won the prestigious WBC national title belt.

Young Bury St Edmunds Thai fighter Joe Le Maire has just won the prestigious WBC national title belt.

A young Suffolk fighter is targeting world glory after winning a prestigious national title belt.

Le Maire in training with coach Richard Gent. Le Maire in training with coach Richard Gent.

Thai boxer Joe Le Maire, 17, claimed the WBC under-18 national flyweight championship with a fourth round stoppage of Mo Dieng in Milton Keynes.

Lifting the famed green WBC belt is the latest in a long line of successes for the Lawshall fighter, who has won British titles at two different weights, two Celtic challenge straps and a Celtic challenge European crown.

In total the teenager, who trains at Unit 1 Gym in Bury St Edmunds, has already amassed a staggering 56 fights, winning 32, losing 22 and drawing two.

Of his latest win, West Suffolk College student Le Maire said: “He was very tall so I knew the fight was going to be tough and he would be a tricky fighter to deal with.

The young fighter hopes to win a world title one day The young fighter hopes to win a world title one day

“When the ref stopped the fight it was a great feeling to know that all of the training had finally paid off.”

But Le Maire won’t be resting on his laurels – he is already back in training, five times a week, for a crack at the Junior World Championships in Bangkok.

“My next fight will be in August when I take part in the World Championships,” he said.

“That will be the last time I can compete in the event as a junior.

“After that I will travel south to Phuket and train at Sumalee Boxing Gym for two weeks and hopefully have a professional fight.

“Over the next five years I aim to get on some of the top shows in the country and maybe even the world.

“I would also like to be fighting in top stadiums in Bangkok like Lumpinee Stadium and see myself challenging for world titles.

“I love every aspect of Muay Thai, from the training and the fighting, to the culture and traditions of the sport. I love the rush of adrenaline when I step into the ring.”

The teenager is also appealing for sponsorship to help him fund his training and travelling. While local firms Helmsman Lockers and Muay Thai Extreme support him, more help is always welcome.

He explained: “I would greatly appreciate as much sponsorship as possible to help me achieve my dreams of becoming a world champion in the future and to help towards going to the World Championships in Bangkok in August.”

Le Maire added: “I would just like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career so far.

“My coach Richard Gent, training partners Tom Austin and Hannah Turner and my strength and conditioning coach Don Heatrick and everyone else at the gym have been great at helping me prepare for this fight. I would also like to thank my family and friends who have been so supportive in giving up their time for me.”

You can follow Le Maire on Twitter @JoeLeMaire2. If you want to sponsor him, e-mail

The parents of a 15-year-old missing girl from Ipswich have made an emotional appeal for her to come home.

Suffolk police have issued a renewed appeal for witnesses after man in his 20s was stabbed in Ipswich.

A 36-year-old man from Ipswich has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after being convicted of an attempted rape and three sexual assaults.

Youngsters across Ipswich are set to be given free iCards for the summer holidays which will allow them to enjoy activities across the whole six week break.

Drama, art and maths lessons were on the timetable when our photographer visited Felixstowe’s Grange Community Primary School in 1990.

A man has avoided going straight to jail for selling counterfeit goods on Facebook.

A private company has been awarded a five-year contract to run the NHS 111 helpline and out of hours services in Suffolk and north east Essex.

Suffolk and north Essex will bask in sunshine next week and temperatures could reach a scorching 30C (86F) - making the region as hot as Spain.

A woman discovered an intruder inside her Ipswich home on Wednesday and ran to a neighbour to raise the alarm.

Police are appealing for information after jewellery was stolen during a daytime burglary in Hintlesham.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24