Herol goes down a Bomb

Herol Bomber Graham (right) with Ayub Kalule boxer.
Herol Bomber Graham (right) with Ayub Kalule boxer.
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Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham sticks one on Ayub Kalule in a fight which saw the much-loved Sheffield boxer become European middleweight champion.

But he learned his killer instinct with a training regime which included slapping city drinkers on the backside.

In an up-coming autobiography the 51-year-old of Bradway recalls how, to improve his movement, he would make appearances at city clubs and challenge people to try and hit him while he kept his hands behind his back.

But Bomber - ever the showman - couldn’t always resist the chance to make his audience laugh. At one Hillsborough venue, after his opponent tired, the boxer spun him round and tanned his bum - much to the delight of other drinkers and, it seems, the gentleman himself.

Bomber won 48 out of 54 professional fights between 1978 and 1998.

Now the book is to be launched at a special lunch at Napoleon’s, on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, on October 14, from noon. Tickets, which include a signed book and a question and answer session with Bomber, are £30 from stuart@thmedia.co.uk