MILLY HORKAN has acquired her cake – now she’s going to eat it.
The Middlesbrough-born star is celebrating a late birthday current after claiming gold to grow to be the IMMAF-WMMAA Flyweight World Champion in Bahrain.
She took on an previous foe in Irish ace Megan Hamill, the identical fighter she defeated to win the European crown again in June.
Now in any case three judges voted 29-28 in her favour at Khalifa Sports activities Metropolis on Thursday following three closely-fought rounds, she is going to lastly get an opportunity to have a good time turning 19 final month.
“I haven’t even celebrated my birthday due to preparation for this,” Horkan informed Solar Sport.
“I can’t watch for a slice of birthday cake – that’s how I’ll be celebrating tonight.
“You miss out issues with your pals and work once you’re in coaching for a struggle. It’s an enormous change.
“However as quickly as you step within the ring and the bell goes, you simply get a sense – and it’s the very best feeling on the planet.
“I simply don’t know what to say proper now, I’m nonetheless misplaced for phrases. I haven’t managed to verify my cellphone but, however I do know my mum and pop can be shaking at residence.
“It’s too costly to carry household out right here, however I do know I’ve a great deal of assist again residence.”
Horkan’s MMA journey started as a teen, and despite the fact that she instantly took it critically and continued to progress, she admits this 12 months’s Euro and World domination has taken her without warning.
““I began judo at 9 and it’s simply been progressing since then and it’s at all times been critical.
“Once I was youthful, principally there wasn’t a lot round and it taught me a little bit of self-discipline, the way to take care of myself and gave me one thing to do.
“And the experiences I’ve had, getting to fulfill individuals like out right here, has been good.
“However this 12 months I didn’t count on to win the issues that I’ve however I’m feeling so good and I’m prepared for the subsequent problem.”
I prepare within the city at MFA with some prime quality boys and high class coaches however I do journey elsewhere for coaching.
And talking of the subsequent problem, in addition to defending her titles in 2020, Horkan has her sights set on including one other gold to her assortment.
There are at present big requires MMA to be included into the Olympic Video games – and for the talented-Teessider, who trains on the MFA fitness center in her hometown, that could be a should.
“That will positively be dream,” she added.
“That wants pushing so far as it may. Lots of people are doing MMA however are usually not getting recognised sufficient.
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“We have to get this message on the market and collect assist to indicate simply how a lot laborious work is getting put into this.
“It’s such laborious, laborious work but it surely fully adjustments your life. And it feels nice to place my city on the map… Teesside for all times!”
You possibly can watch all of Senior IMMAF-WMMA Worlds Finals this Sunday reside on Solar Sport.