TWO kickboxers from the North-East are taking on the best of the best.
The contest starts in Romania next month before moving to other venues around the world.
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Mr Bates holds all world titles in K1 kickboxing and ranked the number one cruiserweight while Mr Terrill is the a heavyweight champion Thai fighter.
Grand Master Goff Bates, who runs the MASAC Gym in Annfield Plain, near Stanley, has trained his son, Jamie, since he was a small boy.
He said: “For Great Britain to have two fighters in this competition would be fantastic but to have two from the North-East is incredible.
“They are competing with the best on the planet and I am so proud to have seen this happen. It is brilliant.”