I started training in Muay Thai age 11 at Team Elite Southport under the influence of my Dad (Phil Barton) who was a former professional fighter. My Dad has coached me ever since a long side one of his previous students Andy Brocklebank who is now my main coach. I took an instant like to the sport, as to me it was much more exciting than football. However, I was not naturally talented and had to work very hard for a few years before eventually finding my feet. At just 14 I had my first amateur contest, which I won and it was then that I knew I wanted to be a World Champion. I went 7-0 as an amateur and turned professional age 16. It didn’t take me long to capture my first championship as on my 17th birthday I won the Goldenbelt Professional English Title. And before my 18th Birthday I also won the Goldenbelt Professional British Title and successfully defended it. I was 10-0 as a professional before tasting defeat for the first time. I can honestly say loosing was the best thing that happened to me, it taught me more than winning ever has and I have been able to evolve as a fighter because of this. I suffered a setback in 2013 as I was sidelined with a shoulder injury that required surgery, but came back with a bang in 2014 to win the very famous WBC championship via second round knockout. I won the ISKA Intercontinental Championship in June 2016 which is my most coveted title to date, which rocketed my position in the World Rankings and the ISKA World Title is very much on the horizon. As we come into 2017, I have some amazing opportunities. My chance to appear on Glory Kickboxing (the biggest Kickboxing promotion in the world) is just months away and I will be making every effort to prepare for this contest to ensure I have the best possible chance at achieving my goals.