A 23-year-old Irish kickboxer has won a world title fight in Galway tonight.

Cian McCormack from Kinvara said it was a dream come true to secure the IKF Super Welterweight World K-1 crown.

He fought five closely contested two-minute rounds against his Dutch opponent Giano Zwaagman.

Speaking in Galway tonight after his win, Mr McCormack said he was realising a dream to become one of the best kick boxers in Ireland.

"It still hasn't sunk in. I've worked and trained so hard for the past ten years with my coach Pete Foley," he said.

"This is a proud moment for me and the Galway Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym. I've dreamed of representing Ireland in a major event at international level. Now I'm planning on turning professional next year," he added.

Hayleigh Kiely fought Celeste Galea

It was a big night too for Hayleigh Kiely from Limerick who won the IKF European Light Welterweight K-1 title.

She fought five rounds in the bruising stand-up combat sport against Malta's Celeste Galea.

The 22-year-old fights out of Hub Martial Arts in Limerick and is planning to go for a world title next year.

"Smiley Kiely" from Moyross said kickboxing has been her life for 16 years.

She said she will go a world title next year and also has plans to turn professional.