Sheffielders thanked for help in getting young boxers on dream US trip

Robby Brooks will have another chance to fight in the United States next week
Robby Brooks will have another chance to fight in the United States next week
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A trio of Sheffield boxers will jet off to the United States on a dream fighting trip next week.

Keanen Wainwright (19), Leon Musson (14) and Robby Brooks (17) will take in the bright lights of California and Las Vegas from Wednesday.

They will fight at the Riverside County Boxing Club in Canyon Lake.

The Sheffield contingent will also undertake special trip to one of the world's most famous gyms, Wild Card Boxing, in California.

Trainer Freddie Roach has produced some amazing talent from that gym, including Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

It's the biggest opportunity of their young careers so far, and for Brooks, it's the chance to make up for the disappointment of a previous visit to the US.

Brooks was set to fight in New York in 2014, but his opponent pulled out on the day with illness.

The youngster was devastated to miss out on stepping into the ring.

"It took us about an hour and a half to stop him from crying," coach Glyn Rhodes said.

"There were a few tears, but he got over that and picked himself up."

Brooks was thrilled to go to New York, but his opponent's withdrawal 'put a dampener on the whole experience'.

"It was brilliant being in New York, but I would love to have boxed," he said.

Brooks was thankful to get another opportunity to fight.

"I'm right looking forward to it," he said.

"I've been training hard."

Brooks and his fellow fighters have worked hard to raise money to get to the States.

They've done boxing exhibitions, sponsored walks and even the Leeds Half Marathon to get people to donate money towards the trip.

"Anything to raise money," Rhodes said.

Each fighter was challenged to raise at least £400.

The lads' boxing showcase last week at Crookes Working Men's Club brought in close to £1,000.

Rhodes was thankful to Sheffield people for their generosity in donating money to get his fighters to the States.

Some big-hearted people's donations were more than £100.

"Quite a few people donated quite substantial amounts," he said.

"It restores your faith in human nature."

Visiting Roach's gym, and fighting in the Riverside tournament, would be the experience of a lifetime for the boxers.

"It's a bit of a pilgrimage," Rhodes said.

"When you think about three lads from Sheffield boxing in California, it's unbelievable."

John McCormack and Matt Mowatt will join Rhodes as coaches on the trip.