An online crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help Sheffield-trained boxer while he recovers from a serious illness.
Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham, widely regarded as one of the finest boxers never to win a world title, is currently in hospital in London having suffered complications following a burst appendix.
Messages of support for Herol have flooded in from across Sheffield and the boxing community. And now a JustGiving page has been set up to help him while he recovers.
Sedat Sag, who set up the page, said he had known Herol for a few years.
“He has been helping us at the North London Boxing Club for about three years,” said Sedat. “Before he got ill he was at the gym almost everyday.
“People in the club love Herol as he always helps them without expecting anything in return. People love Herol as he has got a great personality. He always makes people smile.
“I am trying to see him almost everyday during his illness and I want to do my best for him, as I believe true friend is someone who always supports and someone who is always there for you. I know Herol would do the same.
“He is very loyal to his friends and family. He is a real gentleman and legend to all of us.”
Sedat said he had received plenty of messages from fans saying Herol was their hero.
“We all know he inspired many fighters and taught them how to hit without getting hit,” he said. “I am very glad that I set up this page with my friend Imran, as I thought this would be a great way for all of us to give Herol something in return for his tough time.
“He has never withdrawn in his fights, neither in the ring nor in life. Now he is fighting in the hospital like he did in the ring. We are sure that he will beat it.”
You can donate to the appeal at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/HerolBomberGraham.