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‘Insane skills, endurance and toughness’ - Muay Thai talent Raison tipped for the top

Tamzin Raison, left, celebrates her win over Hollie Campbell at Road to Glory 9 in Motherwell. Picture: RICHARD GENT

Tamzin Raison, left, celebrates her win over Hollie Campbell at Road to Glory 9 in Motherwell. Picture: RICHARD GENT

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A young Suffolk fighter has been tipped for the top after winning two fights in two weeks, beating foes in both Sweden and Scotland.

Tamzin Raison, centre, with the Unit 1 team in Scotland. Picture: UNIT 1 GYMTamzin Raison, centre, with the Unit 1 team in Scotland. Picture: UNIT 1 GYM

Muay Thai talent Tamzin Raison, 16, returned from a two-week training camp in Thailand last month, ahead of a scheduled scrap in Scotland last weekend.

But she ended up taking a last minute fight in Sweden first, facing off with home fighter Lisa Mattson in Stockholm on September 29th for a 51kg bout – a few kilos higher than her ideal fighting weight of 47/48kg.

Regardless, Raison, who fights out of Unit 1 Gym in Bury St Edmunds, prevailed via unanimous decision and returned home ready for her Scottish test, a 50kg dust-up with the much-decorated Hollie Campbell on the Road to Glory 9 event in Motherwell on Saturday.

After a very close first three rounds, the relentless Raison took control in the fourth, unleashing a barrage of 60 punches followed by some hurtful knees which forced the referee to call a halt to hostilities.

And the quickfire victories, which showcased both her remarkable stamina and fighting heart, have her head coach at Unit 1, Richard Gent, tipping her for a very bright future in the sport.

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Raison, a student at King Edwards School in Bury, is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Unit 1 talent Hannah Turner – one of the country’s best young fighters – in representing England at a World Championships and turning pro.

Gent said Raison will now take aim at winning the UKMF trials in February, and then representing her country at the next IFMA World Championships in Turkey.

Tamzin Raison, left, has her hand raised after beating Lisa Mattson in Sweden. Picture: RICHARD GENTTamzin Raison, left, has her hand raised after beating Lisa Mattson in Sweden. Picture: RICHARD GENT

He added: “She is without doubt our next big female fighter and will follow Hannah into the pro ranks in the next 18 months or so.

“I have seen her blossom from a very quiet, shy girl with low self-confidence into a quiet but confident and popular young woman with insane skills, endurance and toughness.

“Considering she didn’t get her first win until her eighth fight she is an example to everyone that hard work and perseverance pays off.

“She is slowly beginning to believe in her own ability and with her work ethic and dedication she has all the tools to go a very, very long way in the sport.

“I’m very excited to see where the next few years take her.”

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