UK boxing community pulls together following Jerome Wilson injury

Phil Jay 17/09/2014

The UK boxing family have been galvanised as stricken boxer Jerome Wilson suffered a serious head injury when losing to Serge Ambomo on Friday night in Sheffield.

Wilson, 29, was knocked unconscious in the sixth round of the contest at Ice Sheffield and was immediately taken to hospital where the Yorkshireman underwent life-saving surgery on his brain.

Since then, through the power of social media and other means, Wilson’s home country have rallied together in their attempts to support Jerome and his family as the talented young man remains in critical condition.

Retired former British champion Curtis Woodhouse has already agreed to lace up the gloves again in a fundraising spar against current lightweight Tommy Coyle at the end of the month, along with donating some of the fight apparel from his recent title fight with Willie Limond.

The six-round exhibition bout takes place in Coyle’s hometown of Hull at the Guild Hall as Woodhouse makes a return to action following his retirement announcement back in June.

New Commonwealth bantamweight champion Ross ‘The Boss’ Burkinshaw has also pledged to send out signed cards and photos to anyone who donates to the cause, whilst events have been held in support of Wilson since the saddening incident.

Plenty of boxers have donated signed memorabilia which is to auctioned off, and promoter David Coldwell is in the process of helping to set-up a foundation for donations – which have been arriving fast.

It’s yet another example of how the British fans and personnel are pulling together for one of their own and we at WBN would like to extend our sympathies to Jerome’s partner and extended family at this time.

Woodhouse v Coyle takes place on Sunday, September 28th at Guild Hall in Hull. Tickets are available from coldwellboxing.com

Keep an eye out on the social media accounts of @DavidColdwel and @woodhousecurtis for the soon-to-be announced donation details.

Below is an interview with Curtis Woodhouse by Radio Yorkshire where the fighter talks about his exhibition spar with Tommy Coyle

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