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To show that nothing is impossible, San Pedrano Anthony Coleman headed to Mexico on Thursday, September 9th, to compete at the Guerrero Siscomada Tournament, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event happening in the city of Chimalhualcan. Coleman is set to fight/compete on Sunday, September 12th, and the event will be live on Facebook at beginning at noon.

Coleman is certified in Limalama, which is a self-defense type of martial arts combined with attack techniques. Coleman has been training with Dawson's Pit Fighters, an MMA school headed by islander Martin Dawson. Coleman said that Dawson is his Sensei (primary trainer), and through him, he was invited to participate in this kickboxing match in Mexico. He has trained for this important event under the watch of his Sensei. Dawson and team member Cesar Cerpa are accompanying Coleman to the international competition.

Coleman lost both arms in an electrical accident at a construction site in 2017. Coleman wants to show that despite his impairment, nothing is impossible, and anyone living with a disability should not give up their dreams. Dawson and the team behind Coleman are confident that he will do well in the match and represent the island and country well.

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Anthony Coleman represents Belize well at kickboxing match in Mexico

On Sunday, September 12th, islander warrior Anthony Coleman represented San Pedro Town and Belize at a kickboxing match in Chimalhuacan, Mexico. Coleman's fight was the 19th in the tournament against Manuel Alejandro, and from the beginning, he showed aggressiveness towards his opponent. Despite his physical disability, he gave it his all, and according to officials, he was winning the match at one point. Many spectators were not aware of his challenges but were fast to cheer him on, encouraging him to fight harder. Unfortunately, Coleman was hit in the jaw when he turned his back. The referee deemed it dangerous for his safety and proceeded to stop the fight. The victory went to Alejandro.

Coleman said he was satisfied with his performance as he almost brought the victory home. The fight was ten seconds away from culminating when it was stopped. Coleman stated that although it hurt to be so close to winning, it was a learning experience and an honor to represent the country in this international event. Coleman added that this would not be his last appearance in the ring. The island warrior plans to continue training and participate in future tournaments.

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