World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has reacted to the sad news that British boxer Lee Noble’s cancer is now terminal.
Following a gruelling fight over the past five years, the 31 year-old faces the hardest challenge of his life after doctors gave him a bleak diagnosis.
Explaining the latest news, Noble said the following on Monday: “After seeing my doctor today we’ve finally been told the news me and my family were dreading. The cancer has returned in my brain and bone marrow. The cancer is (also) terminal.
“I won’t stop fighting till my final breath. Thanks for everyone’s support, especially my fiancée an family,” he added.
Sulaiman saw Noble’s words and immediately moved to make a gesture to the warrior as his fight continues.
“I just read your post and I want to express my most sincere respect to you. Lee, you have a real boxer’s spirit by never giving up and fighting back,” said Sulaiman.
“Because of that, you are now honorary WBC World Champion and we will be sending you a kit. Please send info by DM.”
Noble then replied with a thank you and should expect to receive his gifts in the coming days.
It’s thought a belt will be among the paraphernalia sent by the WBC under Sulaiman’s guidance.
A former English super welterweight title challenger, Noble participated in 47 contests through an eight-year career.
Facing the likes of Grzegorz Proksa, Brian Rose (twice), Billy Joe Saunders, Martin Murray, John Ryder and David Brophy, Noble had won his last five fights.
The latter contest against Brophy saw Noble score a creditable draw over the four-round distance. Brophy would later go on to win the Commonwealth title.
On the back of defeating Kiril Psonko in Barnsley in September 2014, the Yorkshireman was given the devastating news of his condition. Noble has been battling ever since.