Sheffield and South Yorkshire boxing repairs its tattered image

Lee Noble in action before his illness
Lee Noble in action before his illness
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South Yorkshire boxing will repair its damaged image this Saturday.

Friends, family and supporters of middleweight Lee Noble, who is battling leukaemia, are staging an all-day event in his honour.

Twelve hours of live music and fund-raising has been arranged to aid the biggest battle, in his home village in Dodworth, Barnsley. Separate stages will be set up at the Social Club and The Station Inn.

All proceeds will be split between the Sheffield Ingle boxer himself, to help in his recovery, the hospital ward that is treating him and leukaemia research.

The backing for Noble, 27, from people like world champion Kell Brook has been inspiring - and helps repair the battered reputation of the sport following last Saturday’s scene at Sheffield’s Octagon Centre, where members of the public brawled in the ring.

Eckington middleweight Callum Hancock has pledged his entire purse from his fight on Friday (iceSheffield, Dave Coldwell bill) towards the fund. Noble posted on Facebook: “All love and respect goes to my gym mate, donating his fight purse he can to help me and leukaemia research what a bloke love him.”