Former British boxing star Michael Watson MBE coming to Wellingborough

Michael Watson receiving his MBE in 2004

Michael Watson receiving his MBE in 2004

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Boxing fans are set for a knock-out night when former British boxer Michael Watson comes to Wellingborough.

Tickets are still available for An Evening with Michael Watson taking place at The Cutting Room in Park Road, Wellingborough, from 7pm until late on Thursday, November 26.

It’s going to be a cracking fundraiser

Chris Curry

Fans will be able to meet the star, whose career ended prematurely as a result of a near-fatal injury sustained during a loss to Chris Eubank for the WBO super middleweight title in September 1991.

Funds from the event will go to Niamh’s Next Step, the Wellingborough-based charity set up in memory of Niamh Curry who died aged just five in May 2012 from childhood cancer neuroblastoma.

Watson’s professional career included victory over Nigel Benn in May 1989 to secure the British Commonwealth middleweight title.

This led to a world title clash with Jamaica’s Mike McCallum, but he was defeated by a knock-out in the eleventh round.

But it is probably the re-match with Eubank for which he is most famous.

During this match, Eubank hit Watson and he fell back, hitting the back of his head against the ropes.

The referee stopped the fight and Watson collapsed in the ring.

Following the injury, Watson spent 40 days in a coma and had numerous brain operations to remove a blood clot.

After regaining consciousness, he spent more than a year in intensive care and rehabilitation followed by six more years in a wheelchair while he recovered some movement and regained the ability to speak and write.

The former boxing star was back making headlines when he completed the London Marathon in April 2003 over the space of six days.

In February 2004, Watson was awarded the MBE.

Watson will be joined for the fundraiser by former WBC welterweight world champion John H Stracey, who will be compere for the evening, and there will also be a guest appearance by Sky Sports ringside pundit, former British and European champion and patron for Niamh’s Next Step Jamie Moore.

Chris Curry, Niamh’s dad and charity chairman, said: “We have a charity night coming up in The Cutting Room in Wellingborough with inspirational british boxer Michael Watson MBE, former world champion John H Stracey and our charity patron Jamie Moore.

“It’s going to be a cracking fundraiser.”

Tickets are selling well, but are still available to buy.

A £30 ticket includes a professional photo, food and entertainment.

VIP tickets are also available for £40, which includes complimentary drinks, upgrade frame, professional photo, food and entertainment.

To buy tickets call James on 07515 751333 or Dene on 07766 826792 or visit The Cutting Room.

For more information about Niamh’s Next Step, go to www.niamhsnextstep.com.