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19th of July 2018


Bos wary of Dusard threat

ITALY's Timothy Bos will face Jamaica's Nicholas Dusard on Saturday as the most decorated fighter to have ever graced the International Sports Karate Association's Night of Champions stage at the United States Open in Orlando, Florida.

Bos, 20, started winning world titles from the age of 14, walking away with an International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championship (ITF) gold as a junior in Benidorm, Spain, 2013. A year later, he was in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at the ITF World Cup, winning double gold in sparring and patterns.

The son of Grandmaster Willem Bos, Timothy won silver in sparring at the 2015 World Championships at home in his final year as a junior. He debuted as a senior with gold at the 2016 European Championship before winning at the World Cup in Hungary that year.

Last year, Bos won silver in sparring at the European Championships in Bulgaria and bronze at the World Championships in Ireland. He ended the year on a golden note, winning -62 kilos sparring at the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations World Championships in Hungary.


New territory


Bos has never been to the US Open and it will be first fight against a Jamaican, but he has done his homework on Dusard, Jamaica's top ITF fighter.

"I saw him at the WAKO World Championship in Hungary and some videos on YouTube. He is quick, strong and very fast. He is a good fighter. I think we will have a good match," the Italian said yesterday.

Dusard, 28, has two Night of Champions victories, the last being against iconic United States lightweight fighter Julio Carlos in 2015.

However, Bos said he has been preparing for the Jamaican, who has won many US Open medals and anchored the team that won sparring gold at the ITF World Cup in Montego Bay 2014.

"I have trained the last two months only for this," said Bos, adding that he was longing to witness all he had heard about the US Open, the world's biggest martial arts tournament, for which more than 4,000 martial artists teams have already started gathering at the Coronado Resort in Orlando.

"I can't wait for that. I know it is a really big competition. I can't wait to see it with my eyes," he said.

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