06:00 Monday 03 February 2014

Fears for title defence following car crash

Written bySARAH BOULD

A CHAMPION kick-boxer fears his upcoming title fight is in doubt following a collision on a rural road which left him and his daughter needing hospital treatment.

Paul Mitchelson, 39, from Coton in the Elms fought back from illness to become British super heavy weight champion following a long battle with a severe form of asthma with left him housebound.

He was involved in a two-car collision at the junction of Hanbury Hill in Anslow Road, near Needwood on January 24.

It happened just days before another incident on the same road. On Tuesday January 28 a nine-year-old boy was injured in a collision there.

Paul has been left with bruising to his chest, knee and shoulder, and his daughter Molly suffered a broken collar bone.

He said: “I have severe bruising at the moment but am hoping it goes down. My daughter suffered a broken collar bone and is now unable to play hockey.

“We were taken away in an ambulance and we were both released early on Saturday morning.”

Paul is due to defend his title in Burton on March 22. Since his return to the sport he has not lost a fight and, on October 26, he took the British super heavyweight title at a match in Burton.

He said: “My fight is now in doubt because it was a big crash. The other car flipped over.

“It has put my title fight in doubt. I am unable to train.”

He said that illuminated signs need to be put in place at the junction to prevent any further accidents there.

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson confirmed that a collision took place just before 8.30pm between a blue Toyota Corolla and a blue Vauxhall Tiguan. Both vehicles were recovered.

If it goes ahead, the fight in March will see Paul take on unbeaten fighter Craig Doughlin.

It will take place at the Brewery Tap. His is also due to fight in Birmingham on February 8.

Paul said his car is a write off as a result of the incident.

Doctors told him he might not live to see 30 when his condition, brittle asthma, was at its worst.

A drug called Xolaur turned his life around and he started going to kick-boxing classes again last year. By July he was ready to fight again and attracts large crowds.

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