Lindsay lands gold in Greece
Akino Lindsay yesterday made a smashing return to Europe, grabbing gold in Jamaica's first bout at the 2017 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Athens, Greece.
After enduring a tough run to the super heavyweight title, the lively fighter said that he can't wait to face his rivals in Jamaica next year when the event will be staged in Montego Bay.
"We are in Europe, so I was kinda out of my element. I really can't wait to fight these guys in Jamaica, my hometown, to defend my title," he said after getting past France, Germany, and the Ukraine in the final.
A gold medal winner at Portugal 2015, Lindsay was dropped from the squad for Germany 2016 due to not having sufficient local activity. He, however, stamped his class in Athens on his return.
"This is his second ISKA gold, which certainly shows his potential in all forms of fighting," coach Claude Chin noted.
Initially named among four gold medal hopefuls by the Jamaican contingent, Lindsay said that he had to "dig deep" against his European rivals.
"Coming to my second ISKA World Champs, having won before in Portugal, this one was very, very difficult - three tough fights against France, Germany, and Ukraine. I had to dig deep and get the job done.
"The judging was very tough. The first fight was most difficult. I was trying to get in the frame of mind for the tournament while seeing how to manoeuvre around the judge, who was very tough on me," he added.
Jamaica has a star-studded squad at the event including Sheckema Cunningham, a former champion, and hot Subrina Richards, who is back defending her title won in Germany last year.
Confidence to win
International Taekwon-Do Federation Pan-Am gold medallist Ackeem Lawrence completes the quartet, which coaches Jason McKay and Chin are confident will return home with four gold medals.
Jamaica are hoping to set the stage for a successful staging of the 2018 championships, set for Montego Bay, with at least four defending champions.
"It is considered really crucial that being hosts, countries should have persons defending their world titles," he said.
Richards and Cunningham were due to take the mat in yesterday's evening session.