Caring boxer’s fight to raise awareness of charity
A 25-year-old professional boxer from Knutton, near Stoke-on-Trent, is supporting a Staffordshire disabled children’s charity by providing it with ticket prizes to his next bout at Kings Hall, in Stoke-on-Trent.
When Cole Johnson, who’s won his four professional fights to date, heard that the charity Caudwell Children was launching a new sports equipment programme to provide disabled children with the specialist equipment needed to participate in a range of sports, he was determined to get involved with the charity.
“I contacted Caudwell Children in the first instance to offer them two free tickets for my next fight against Ibrar Riyaz on Saturday 12th October,” said Johnson. “The charity does fantastic work providing children with the equipment that they need to play a number of sports such as football, tennis, athletics and boules.
“I’m hoping that by offering tickets to my fight, through various media channels, we can raise awareness of the charity amongst local boxing fans.”
Johnson took up boxing when he was 16, although at that age he says football was his main sporting focus.
However, at the age of 18 he began to struggle with the pressures of everyday life. “I was stuck in a rut, I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t have a job,” explained Johnson. “I was in a dark place, I had no motivation or passion for anything and I was suffering from anxiety.
“Luckily a friend invited me down to a boxing gym and I started to train again, and it instantly kicked off a genuine passion for the sport, which I’m extremely grateful for as it gave me an escape and restored my self-belief and confidence.”
The free tickets, that will be up for grabs via a post on Caudwell Children’s Facebook page, would normally costs £65 and include a ringside seat, waiter service, buffet meal and complimentary drinks throughout the evening, guaranteeing the lucky winners a fantastic night of boxing.
Johnson, who is an orthodox, lightweight, boxer is hoping that this is the start of a fruitful relationship with the charity. “I know how important charities are to children with a disability as my 26-year-old cousin has a brain injury and autism, and the support that she’s had through the Third Sector has been immense.
“I’m hoping to raise money for Caudwell Children at my future fights and I’m working on how we can do that.
“It may be that we can give a percentage of ticket sales to the charity, or we can simply allow collection tins into the bouts.”
Johnson, who has also boxed for England, realises the importance of sport to personal health and well-being. Having graduated from amateur to professional boxing in 2017 he’s increased his training regime. “I’m out running each morning at 5.00am and this is followed in the afternoon by 2 ½ hours work in the gym.
“I’ve been doing 15 rounds of sparring a week, to prepare for the fight, but I’ve picked it up even more this week.
“Sport and being active makes me feel fantastic and it’s really important to the physical and mental health of children and young people as well as adults.
“I believe everyone should get the opportunity to participate in sport, whatever their ability, and Caudwell Children are enabling disabled children to do just that.”
To be in with a chance of winning a ticket visit Caudwell Children’s Facebook page caudwellchildren and like and share the Cole Johnson post. The post will go LIVE at 1.00pm on Wednesday 9th October, 2019, and winners will be selected at random at 9.00am on Friday 11th October, 2019.
You can buy tickets for the fight by ringing 07714 842459 or visit ColeTheKidKaos on Facebook.