Horsham Boxing Club had a special visitor this week in the shape of former WBC Cruiserweight World Champion and recent conqueror of David Haye – Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew.
Bellew was in Sussex filming for the popular fishing programme The Big Fish Off and, thanks to long-standing trainer John Essex, Horsham was chosen as a local boxing club to film the introductions to the episodes cast. Alongside Bellew, were Dean Macy, former Olympic athlete and Dave Coldwell, Bellew’s trainer.
After a few hours of filming in the club, Bellew spent time meeting some of Horsham’s young boxers, including Max Cole, who is competing this Saturday in Portsmouth, ahead of a potential National Minors Quarter Final the following week. Other boxers competing soon, who were lucky enough to meet Bellew, were Hamish Millar, in action in Crawley on Friday May 12, and Tom Tennant and Harvey Divall, both travelling to Whitstable today. Horsham also has 11 youngsters, aged 7-12, on a skills show in Crawley on Sunday, making up a busy weekend.
Josh Mercer competed in the National Schoolboy Championships last Saturday and was unlucky to end up on the wrong side of a very close points loss to the unbeaten Che Gallow, from the Turners Boxing Academy in Kent. Mercer became the Southern Area runner-up, making his club proud.
Trainer, John Essex, said: “It’s a real boost to the club to have such a famous and talented boxer visit us, and provides inspiration to all the young boxers and the seniors too”
Dan Purchase, club secretary and trainer, said: ” I have already had a number of enquiries about joining the gym, just a day after we posted pictures of Bellew on Social Media. As a lifelong Everton fan, I was particularly happy to meet Tony, and my 9 year old son, Louie, hasn’t stopped talking about having his picture taken alongside his hero. A huge thanks must go to John, for arranging this, and it can only do the club’s exposure benefit”