BOXING STAR DROPS IN ON COMMUNITY CLUB - Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury lends his support to St Columb

BOXING STAR DROPS IN ON COMMUNITY CLUB - Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury lends his support to St Columb

BOXING STAR DROPS IN ON COMMUNITY CLUB - Heavyweight champ Tyson Fury lends his support to St Columb

St Columb Major Boxing Club have received support from WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury

21st July 2021

By Tom Howe

St Columb Major Boxing Club are riding on the crest of a wave after receiving a glowing endorsement from WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson Fury.

The club held their first sessions in the town’s youth club last week, with their modest beginning seeing a handful of young boxers pick up on a single poster put up by coach Paul Doust.

However, in an ironic twist of luck, Fury’s commercial manager Spencer Brown was staying with friend Leon Docwra in the area and happened to come across the advertisement himself before dropping in. The result was a video message from the ‘Gypsy King’, who said he will ‘send a load of gear’ to the club before wishing Doust and the team good luck for the future and praising them for the work they are putting into the community.

“I didn’t believe it was actually [Spencer] at first,” Doust told the Voice. “Then he showed me his phone and his contacts – you’re talking Chris Eubank, Nigel Benn, everyone and said give me a list of things that you need.

“I thought it would just be boxing gloves and things but I said we could do with a boxing ring and he told us to put it on the list and he would see what he could do. I am just compiling that at the minute. “

“There are a lot of kids here with nothing to do and I thought the area was crying out for something like this. The first night we opened, which was last Tuesday, is when Tyson’s manager turned up. They were staying above the Ring O' Bells and saw our poster. “

“I saw an opportunity to run a club in my hometown and there is the room for it, so I thought I would go for it but I didn’t expect all this. The video alone has had over 20,000 views already.”

Doust moved to Cornwall six years ago after becoming a boxing luminary in his native Yorkshire and competing for England against Cyprus. Having been involved with clubs in both St Austell and Newquay, Doust has now set one up for ages nine and above in St Columb, where he will be joined by national champion Charlie Scott and south west champion Dean McNally.

Fury, meanwhile, is busy preparing for a trilogy bout against rival Deontay Wilder, a fight which has been pushed back until October after the former tested positive for covid-19.

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