Syracuse can boast being the home of the only current American kickboxing world champion when Liverpool native Kevin VanNostrand captured the title of Glory Interim Featherweight Champion this past December. He had to beat long time fighter Anvar Boynazarov in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd, but the Central New Yorker delivered a knock out with a vicious left knee to his opponent’s liver.
VanNostrand is born and raised in Central New York and began training at only seven years of age. He describes himself as a “striker” and likes to use all his being when it comes to being in the ring. His trainer has called him a “quiet killer” due to the fact that many of is opponents “never see it coming”. Training partner AJ Regulbuto has been with him every step of the way and characterizes VanNostrand as a determined, talented athlete and a great friend.
While kickboxing is VanNostrand’s passion, he also works full-time to support his family at TJ Sheehan’s beverage distribution. However, this means training at the wee hours of the morning and working with his employer to be able to attend big fights. VanNostrand is quick to thank TJ Sheehans for being so understanding of his schedule and allowing him the flexibility he needs to become a world champion.
VanNostrand is enjoying this win and training for whatever comes his way next, even though he has yet to find out when his next fight may be. He’ll be ready to defend his title and continue to make Syracuse proud.