Serge Ambomo makes his professional debut in Sheffield tomorrow with a small, but highly unusual fan club rooting for him from ringside.
The welterweight was one of seven athletes from Cameroon who went missing after competing in last year’s Olympics, later to successfully claim asylum. He now lives in a hostel in Burngreave.
Ambomo, 27, boxes 95-bout journeyman Matt Seawright on an AJ Hobson bill at Concord Centre, Shiregreen. He will be cheered on by other members of the Cameroon squad who stayed on in the UK.
Trainer Glyn Rhodes says: “All of those who legged it from the Olympics will be there, it will be quite an unusual night. Serge has to manage a transition from amateur to pro, but he is strong, aggressive and has sparred well with (middleweight) Jez Wilson. He is in great shape - he has muscles on his ears.”
Sam Sheedy - whose camp has offered a big money deal to box Rotherham’s Nav Manosuri - takes on Denaby Main light middleweight Adam Jones at Concord.
Doncaster cruiserweight Matthew Brierley, 20, looks for his fourth straight win, at the expense of Sheffielder Will Burkin.
Rhodes said: “These are two big strong cruisers, it should be quite a contest.”
Doncaster featherweight Tommy Chadburn debuts against Sid Razak, Barnsley’s meets Ben Jackson and Lee Noble, also from Barnsley, fights Max Maxwell.