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14-year-old world champion kickboxer dubbed the “mini-Connor McGregor” is ready to take on opponents

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<p>A real-life Karate kid dubbed the “mini-Connor McGregor” is ready to take on all comers after being crowned a world champion - at the age of just 14.<br></p><p>Kickboxer Tyler Hourihan wiped out Dutch contender Jahmarleylion Ohene-Djan to earn the title “king of the World” in the under-48kg "K-1" category last month.</p><p>The pint-sized fighter - who has 67 wins, six losses and a draw to his name - said it was “unreal” to take the crown after "dominating" the five-round bout.</p><p>Tyler - who is known for whipping up crowds with his energetic ring walk - hopes to emulate his hero Connor McGregor by entering into MMA fights next year.</p><p>And just like the "The Notorious" fighter, Tyler won his recent match by using relentless aggression to overcome his opponent. </p><p>He said: “I won the fight as I was aggressive non-stop.<br></p><p>“I knew it was going to be a hard fight, and the kid I was fighting was very, very good – and very experienced.”</p><p>“But I trained, skipped, and ran like crazy, and the win was everything I’d worked for. It was so unreal to be honest.”</p><p>He added: “They do call me a couple of names – ‘Karate Kid’ has been one, the ‘mini-Connor McGregor’ is another.”</p><p>Tyler, from Sheffield, South Yorks., was first mentored by his dad, martial arts expert Peter Hourihan, 37, who taught him to “kick and punch” from the age of three.</p><p>He coached his son in the art of Muay Thai kickboxing, where Tyler earned several European titles and signed to Amir Subasic’s famed Storm Gym.</p><p>Later, Tyler proved just as deadly in Dutch-style “K-1” bouts - where fighters use elements from martial arts, such as karate, kick boxing and kung-fu, to score points.</p><p>Peter said: “I kind of put all my work into my son. So from about three, when Tyler could walk, he was learning how to kick and punch and things like that. </p><p>“I really used it, mainly, just to ground him, for a bit of discipline.</p><p>Peter said his son hadn’t just become a fearsome fighter in the ring, but also a showman who could inspire crowds who came to watch him.<br></p>
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