Is American All-star Kickboxer Raymond Daniels Retiring for Good?
Is 2017 the last year for Raymond Daniels? Being everyone’s favourite, Raymond Daniels, aged 37 years, is debating whether to end his amazing kickboxing career and make the move to the more lucrative MMA [Mixed Martial Arts] scene.
For a lot of his fans it would be a huge disappointment to see him leave the sport he has dominated for so many years.
Raymond started his illustrious career at the age of 5 being taught by his dad and receiving his 1st Dan black belt at the age of 19, he then went on to become a world champion kickboxer and a household name. Daniels told bloodyelbow.com in an interview last year, “A lot of people look at fighting as a violent type of thing, but it’s an expression of yourself. And me as a martial artist, I’ve trained in the martial arts since I can remember.”
For those of you reading who know nothing about the sport here is a quick guide to get you up to speed. You wear special kit such as a head guard, feet pads, shin pads, elbow pads and a gum shield. You score points by either punching or kicking the body or head. If you kick the head you get 2 points, jumping kick to the head is 3 points, jumping kick to the body is 2 points and all punches are 1 point. All punches and kicks should be above the waist.
His years of glory started in 2004 at the Irish Open, winning nearly every year he entered. The years he has won are 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 so pretty dominant!
I chatted to a few of my kickboxing friends about Raymond Daniels’s and his decision to leave the sport. Olivia green, Yr 7 at Boston High School said: “I don’t think that Raymond Daniels should leave his kickboxing career behind because he has been doing it for 32 years and, in my opinion, he is one of the best in the world.”
So what do you think? Should he leave? Have you ever heard of him? If you are interested to find out more and see how he fights go to YouTube and search Raymond Daniels or click here to see a compilation of his best moves in the ring.
Paige Yr 7
Boston High Newsroom