Kirkintilloch kickboxer Stacey is a world beater

World kickboxing champion Stacey McGhee (pic by Heather Goutcher)
World kickboxing champion Stacey McGhee (pic by Heather Goutcher)

Kirkintilloch kickboxing marvel Stacey McGhee has revealed her joy at becoming a Women’s world champion.

Stacey (23), who works as a Ladbrokes customer services manager, recently ‘punted’ the opposition for Scotland at the top competition in Benidorm.

“This is my biggest kickboxing achievement so far,” said Stacey, of Alloway Grove.

“I’d competed at the World Championships the previous year and got a bronze medal, which I was gutted with because I just missed out on the final by one point.

“So to come back this year and get the gold medal was amazing.”

Stacey won three fights to land the overall women’s world title. She said that, ironically, the hardest bout out of that trio had been her quarter-final against a South African opponent.

“The first round against her was really close,” Stacey said. “But from the second round onwards my fitness and skill won the fight.

“The two coaches at ringside – Sam and Scott Allan – inspired me.

“My opponent had put a lot into the first round but she ran out of steam and was dying on her feet by the end.

“My next two wins – against an English girl in the semi-final and a Belgian in the final – were both fairly comfortable.”

Stacey is coached at Glasgow Kickboxing by brothers Allan and Martyn Shannon.