Jamie Wood with world champion Carl Froch
By Ryan Waugh: Cancer Research was the hands down winners last night at the 02 Arena when a charity boxing bash raised thousands of pounds for the dedicated cause.
Knock Out Cancer which was hosted at Proud 2 included cameo appearances from current Inter-Continental lightweight title holder Kevin Mitchell and former WBA heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon.
The night was organised to raise awareness and help raise as much money as possible for the charity and to celebrate the courage of recent cancer victim Jamie Wood. The young man from Guildford recently defied the odds to beat a rare form of Ewing Sarcoma and continue to train at his local boxing gymnasium Pinewood Starr, Bracknell in Berkshire.
The action packed night of boxing and entertainment included three x3 minute rounds between Wood and Mitchell in the first bout of the evening.
To see this 18-year-old in the ring taking on Mitchell was an incredible achievement after only recently completing his chemotherapy from the life threatening illness. This exceptionally keen amateur boxer who defied doctor’s orders to continue training while going through the process of eradicating the disease was proudlycheered on by family and friends.
The first two rounds were pretty even but in the third round Mitchell was down from an explosive right from Wood. However, he was soon back up again for more punishment from the hard hitting Wood who looked more like a seasoned professional than having gone through recent chemotherapy.
Some of the other contests included local boxers from the London area and former professional light welterweight Georgie Smith. The Basildon man went toe to toe with Lee MacDonald who is best known as Zammo from Grange Hill in another entertaining contest.
The main contest of the evening between Tim Terrible Witherspoon and Jim Hemmings the renowned football coach lived up to its billing. The two veterans put on a bruising encounter which was watched by up to 400 guests.
One of the most proudest people in the audience was Jamie’s boxing coach Les Stevens who said: “I have never known anything like this in my whole time of boxing, this young man has unbelievable courage and you just have to take you’re hat off to him.”
However, the proudest people were his family which included his mother Tracey and father Billy and dedicated charity worker, John Murphy who has taken Jamie under his wing and helped him with all the fundraising events for charity.
Over the last year, Murphy has become very close to the Wood family and said: “Jamie is a special guy, to not only have come through the cancer treatment and marched on with his training but to have raised so much money for charity has been phenomenal.
“His family are also such lovely people and his mother is one in a million for all the dedication and love she has shown through his ordeal.”
In total, the evenings event raised in the region of £7,000 for Cancer Research. If you would like to watch the first part of a three show series on Jamie Wood, visit http://www.ifilmlondon.com/our-videos/miscellaneous/the-jamie-wood-story-impossible-is-nothing-part-one which includes Britain’s only undefeated World champion Joe Calzaghe.
October 22, 2011