JAMAICA's Akino Lindsay continued his dominance of heavyweight sparring at the International Sports Kickboxing Association's (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championship, completing his second double-gold performance when he won the points and continuous sparring divisions at the Daima Sports Complex in Kemer, Turkey, on Sunday.
Lindsay, a three-time continuous-sparring champion, having won gold in that category in Portugal in 2015; Greece, 2017; and the points-continuous sparring double in Jamaica in 2018, has only been interrupted by fellow Jamaican Richard Stone, who won both divisions in 2019 at the Neptune Stadium in Cork City, Ireland.
Lindsay first won the points-sparring division in Turkey in a closely-fought final against England's Joe Pitman, who was highly fancied to win his pet event. But he could not match Lindsay's timing, speed, and footwork, which gave the Jamaican an 8-6 victory.
Continuous sparring, Lindsay's strongest category, pitted him against another Englishman, August Masionis. Despite the 18-year-old having a 20-kilo weight advantage, he could not compete against the Jamaican's speed, power, and experience in the event. Lindsay won by technical knockout in the first round.
"The training I was put through by coaches Claude Chin and Jason McKay was gruelling. I am glad it's behind me, with the results to show," Lindsay said.
McKay, who had predicted Lindsay would win double gold, said the Jamaican lit up the arena with his performances, crediting fellow Coach Chin for the technical work he had done.
"Thanks to Coach Chin for his preparation of the athlete. When I got him for final preparation he was already tuned. I just had to fix up his cardio. He was in great shape for this fight," said McKay.