Micky Moon, who went from a hospital bed just a few months ago to win the K-1 kickboxing title last weekend, has spoken how the discipline of gyms, boxing and martial arts could be the answer to the city’s worrying trend of young people getting caught up in knife crime.
The 17-year-old became the latest victim of a knife attack in Bristol when he found himself caught up in a disturbance outside a McDonald’s in Brislington back in February this year.
Micky, from Filwood in South Bristol, said the incident reinforced his determination to pursue his college studies and a career in the gym and the ring, and not get dragged into the city’s groups of youths who might carry knives.
The incident has put his life and the youth culture in Bristol into focus for him. “I think what it makes me see is that everyone grows up together on the same path at school and stuff, and then once you get older, you start splitting off. You get the people who are into their computers, or into other stuff, they go into that. Then you’ve got the people like me and my friends who are coming to the gym and have the discipline that takes.
“Then you’ve got a lot of the kids doing stupid stuff - they are the ones who don’t have anything filling their time.
Micky was treated at Southmead Hospital for his injuries, but made an initially quick recovery. But the long-term damage caused to his back - plus the fact he had to not exert himself for weeks - put his training back.
His victory means he is now officially the holder of the WAKO kickboxing British champion title belt in the under 65kg weight division - and has the actual belt to prove it too.