Fund raising starts for Sheffield/Barnsley cancer fighting boxer

Lee Noble with boxing buddies including Kell Brook, Kid Galahad and Junior Witter
Lee Noble with boxing buddies including Kell Brook, Kid Galahad and Junior Witter
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It is one of the most historic and successful gyms in British boxing history.

It has reared world champions and changed the lives of kids heading for society’s scrap heap.

Sheffield’s Ingle gym is committed to maintaining Kell Brook’s global status, bringing Kid Galahad through to the same heady level, and find the next generation of world beaters. But right now, there is something else on the agenda at Wincobank.

Lee Noble.

He’s a fighter whose record of won 20 (KO 3) lost 24 (KO 2) drawn 3 wouldn’t compare with some of the present and former stars of the gym. But Noble, 27, is at the start of six week intensive chemotherapy treatment which his family and friends are hoping will KO the leukaemia that was diagnosed last week.

Trainer Dom Ingle has known the Barnsley lad since he was 15. “He boxed alright in his last fight (Sept 5) but he has had pains in his right hip and his ankle swelled up. The entire gym was shocked when we found out he had been diagnosed with leukaemia” said Ingle.

“We are running a series of fundraisers to help Lee and his family through the weeks of treatment ahead. (Details: IngleGym Facebook and @inglegym on Twitter.)

Several boxers have visited Noble in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, including world champ Kell Brook, who has now recovered from a knife wound suffered on holiday.

Brook said: “I have told him to fight this and believe he has the beating of this disease. While I was lying in a pool of blood, I had to keep telling myself it can’t end like this, and he has to do the same.”

Noble, the international masters champion at light middle weight said: “It’s good to know your friends are around when times are hard, boxers have this bond we all know how tough the game is but they all expect me to win this battle.”

Other fighters to have visited him include Galahad, Junior Witter, John Baguley and Nadeem Siddique.