Fight fans pack a punch for brave Sheffield Ben’s appeal

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BOXING enthusiasts took to the ring for a fundraising show in support of a plucky Sheffield youngster who has faced a battle of his own against cancer.

Fight fans who train at Glyn Rhodes’s gym, Sheffield Boxing Centre, in Hillsborough, staged a total of 18 bouts in the event at Bramall Lane, raising more than £2,000.

The proceeds were split between an appeal set up by the family of battling Ecclesfield Primary School pupil Ben O’Brien, aged nine, and to fund a training camp in Jersey for young boxers who train at Glyn’s gym.

Ben, who is fighting an aggressive type of bone cancer in his knee and shin, called in at Sheffield Boxing Centre wearing his new prosthetic leg to collect a cheque from Glyn and others who took part in the show.

One of the fighters, management consultant John McCormack, from Hunters Bar, said: “The show was a real success with 18 bouts taking place.

“We raised £2,307, which was split between Ben’s fund and paying towards a Channel Islands-based training camp for younger boxers at the gym.”

He added: “Ben turned up for the show with his family and did the raffle for us. When he gets used to his new prosthetic leg, he wants to box on one of our charity shows.”

Ben’s condition was diagnosed after he suffered a pain in his leg. Last year, he had to receive major surgery to remove a tumour and he has also received chemotherapy.

Fundraising events have also been held by Ben’s family, friends and his school.

The appeal aims to help Ben’s family and also support PACT - an organisation which helps families of children with cancer.