On Thursday 23rd September 2010 at The Lynn AC in South London a fundraising event took place to raise funds for former club member Harry Senior who suffered a stroke in December 2009.
Former club mates that attended included: Danny Williams, Wayne Alexander, Benny May, Spencer Fearon, Kevin Mitchell, Ayo Taiwo and Chris Okoh. Other guests included Danny Watts, Julius Francis, Scott Welch, James Cook MBE, David Walker and Chairman of the BBBoC Southern Area Council Mickey Collier.
This was the first occasion in which Harry had the opportunity to meet all his boxing buddies. Former sparring partner Scott Welch travelled up from Brighton that morning and was more than happy to do so. From the day this event was organised the former British and Commonwealth Champion and former world title challenger was determined to make it.
Many of Harry’s friends were pleasantly surprised by the progress Harry has made since the accident. Although still using a crutch Harry walked himself into his old club and was greeted by a healthy round of applause. This was easily the happiest anyone had seen Harry in recent times, it meant that much to him.
Artist Neil Leonard presented Harry with a pencil sketch of Harry at the height of his boxing career. The print was signed by all the boxers present and is on sale on Harry’s website:harrysenior.com
. All proceeds from the print go directly to Harry to help with his recovery.
Visitors to the website can make a donation of any amount or can sponsor the website and have their company logo added to the sponsor’s page. All of the money raised goes directly to Harry.
It was wonderful to see the warmth from former opponent Danny Williams towards Harry. Danny and Harry contested the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title in December 1999. Danny sat with his arm around his old foe and chatted away while pictures were taken of the two. Danny acknowledged how tough an opponent Harry had been and that it was an extremely hard fight. Not a bad compliment from the man that went on to knock out Mike Tyson. These two go back a long way as team mates at The Lynn.
Two other former amateur opponents of Harry’s, Julius Francis and Danny Watts spoke of their admiration of the man. Julius won and lost against Harry in the ABA’s and has so many memories of their rivalries on the football pitch as well as in the boxing ring. One of the biggest cheers of the day was when Danny Watts arrived. A very popular man indeed.
Harry was driven to the venue by his ex England team mate David Walker. David was on his first England squad going to Germany in 1995 and was made to feel welcome by the then England Captain Harry Senior. The two have remained friends ever since. David takes Harry to physiotherapy sessions at Lewisham hospital and gym sessions at his own gym in Sidcup.
David was involved in a real up and down Southern Area Light middleweight title fight with another former Lynn member Spencer Fearon back in 2003. Spencer, now a licensed promoter was in good form keeping everyone present entertained with his quick wit. Spencer was the man tasked with carrying out the whip round and did so in a manner in which it was hard to refuse. He was also extremely generous with his own donation.
Another extremely popular guest was former British and European Super middleweight Champion James Cook MBE. James was involved in many of Harry’s early pro fights, working the corner. James has a real fondness for Harry and it was obvious that the feeling was reciprocated.
Another event is being planned for November and anyone interested in attending or helping Harry in any way, please go to the website harrysenior.com
or email: info@harrysen
September 25, 2010