Dean Francis, Lee Noble the epitome of fighters, continue to battle light-threatening illnesses

Phil Jay 15/01/2018

A fundraising night in aid of former British, Commonwealth and European champion Dean Francis is set to have a clutch of UK stars present in a bid to prolong the retired fighter’s life.

Francis, 34, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2017 before being given a bleak outcome of four months to live a short time later. ‘Star’ continues to battle the illness head on though after ditching conventional methods.

Choosing to shun chemotherapy, Francis is seeking alternative treatment in the hope he can one day find a cure, or at the very least prolong his life significantly.

The Hampshire man needs at least £50,000 to continue his global quest and the likes of Chris Eubank, Johnny Nelson and Adam Smith have pledged their support at a one-off fundraiser next month.

A black tie event, featuring Eubank at the special guest of honor, will take place in Knightsbridge, London between 6pm and 11.30pm and have a host of boxing royalty present.

Former opponent Joe Calzaghe, who labelled Francis ‘the best British fighter not to win a world title’ is scheduled to appear as Francis ploughs on with his one-on-one encounter with the deadly disease.

Credit: Dominic Ingle

Also in another clash with a life-threatening illness is Lee Noble, who at just 30 years old has seen his cancer return despite being successful in beating it the first time around.

Noble, who once fought current world champion Billy Joe Saunders, is undergoing ‘urgent chemotherapy’ after his previously violent leukaemia spread to his brain undetected.

The Yorkshireman also needs a bone marrow transplant, which may have been started in the last few days but details of which are yet to be released by Noble’s family.

Two real warriors are on the most important journey of their lives and WBN wishes them nothing but the best as they keep punching their way through it.

To purchase tickets to Dean Francis’ fundraiser click here

Description: After the incredible success of our Bristol event. A night with the champions comes to London on Friday 23rd Feb. With an endless list of world champions to include Chris Eubanks Joe Calzaghe and James DeGale to name a few. This night is being held to raise money for an incredible person Dean Francis who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Black tie – 3 course meal – Entertainment – Auction

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay