Just weeks after winning his bout against Kiril Psonko in Barnsley, Lee Noble’s boxing career was cruelly taken away from him.
The 31-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2014 and is continuing to battle the disease as he attends regular scans and receives treatment.
Noble gave WBN an update on his condition this week having just returned from a trip to hospital.
“I’m having my good days and my bad days,” Noble exclusively told World Boxing News. “I had my stem cell treatment in January, that’s not quite fully complete just yet but we’re on the verge, we’re working to get it up to 100% with the stem cell donor. It’s on 40% at the minute.
posting this picture at my weakest and frailest my but most optimistic In one year when this appears on my timeline I will take a photo to show u all what positivity can do keep praying 4 me if this helps one fellow cancer fighter through a bad day then im happy #beatingcancer pic.twitter.com/B81GeJSVRb
— lee noble (@nobleboxer) January 30, 2018
“I had a test recently for a bone marrow biopsy and it came back all clear with my brain. I’ve just got to take my daily medication, quite a few tablets.
“I got diagnosed first in October 2014, two weeks after a fight I had and originally, they just thought it was a shoulder injury or arthritis, but I had to keep going back to hospital for testing and they said I had leukaemia.
“I had three years of treatment and I did all my treatment and then it returned. I can’t fight again, and it’s been really depressing that I can’t fight again as I turned pro at the age of 18 and all I’ve ever done is box. I’ve never worked or had any qualifications, so it’s been hard, mentally as well as physically.”
The boxing world have been vocal in their support towards the wellbeing of Noble but admitted he is in need of more than just kind words and messages.
The courageous ex-super-middleweight has aspirations of embarking a new chapter in his life through opening a gym but is in desperate need of financial support to achieve his ambition.
“I’ve received a lot of support but in other aspects, I feel like I’ve been hung out to dry because I had 48 professional fights and there haven’t been many people who have come out and helped me,” he explained.
“A lot of people on social media have said if I need anything they’ll be there for me, but anyone can do that. If someone seriously wants to do something, then they’ll go out of their way to help you.
“We’ve been struggling financially, and it’s only been during the last couple of days a guy from Blackpool has offered to do a testimonial for me. The money that I get from that is going to help me set a gym up and start training kids.
“I need to be involved with boxing, that’s hopefully going to work out so I can then do something similar to what Kieran Farrell did but help amateurs and keep the kids from the streets.
“Boxing has given a lot to me, it’s paid my bills but all sudden I got cancer and it was all taken away from me.
“I’ve had no fundraisers or anything to help me. I don’t like asking people for anything, I’m a really proud person.
“As soon as I get a gym running up I can start making some money but it’s not going to be cheap and it’s disappointing because I hate being stuck in the house, I just want to be out and doing things in boxing,” added Noble.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95