Gosport on charge - in name of Oakley Waterman

Dave Waterman and Lee Waterman. Picture: Mick Young
Dave Waterman and Lee Waterman. Picture: Mick Young
Ivy-Jane Smith. Picture: England Boxing

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GOSPORT are on the charge as the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation’s fight night returns.

A host of names with links to the football world are donning their gloves for a jam-packed charity fight card at the Mountbatten Centre tomorrow.

Former Borough trio Jason Mann, Ian Rew and Stuart Hensman are stepping into the ring in front of a sell-out crowd.

And they will be joined by another well-known face from the local circuit in Lee Waterman and ex-Brighton midfielder Shaun Wilkinson.

A packed card is will also see Paul Miles, Phil Brookes, Andy Bedford, John Leask, Shaun Evans. Shaun Grant, Rob Wood Matthew Magro, Jason Stone, Jay Andrews, John Fry. Jimma Adkins and Trina Wheeler in action.

Portsmouth boxing great is also involved in a charity bout.

The night follows on from the runaway success of last year’s charity fight event – which raised an amazing £35,000.

Former Pompey defender, Dave Waterman, who lost his son Oakley to a rare form of cancer in 2005, has once again been blown away by the fundraisers’ commitment.

Waterman said: ‘It’ll be a task to top the last show.

‘But we’ve managed to sell out the Mountbatten Centre again with extra tables and tiered seats.

‘This year there is a strong Gosport contingent.

‘I think they just went there to train with my brother Lee, and, all of a sudden there are eight or nine players I’ve played football with getting involved.

‘They’ve helped in the past with charity events, but have got the bug for it and ended up being roped in.

‘They have loved the atmosphere of the gym and really mixed in.

‘Most of them haven’t had a drink since the new year.

‘Their fitness is excellent – so much so I’ve been getting grief off their wives and partners because they are always training.

‘All of the group has become so solid and strong.

‘Now they’ve stuck it out and are stepping into the ring tomorrow night. It’s been brilliant.’

Pompey kitman – and Commonwealth Games boxer – Kev McCormack has been lending his support and experience to the boxers as they ready themselves for action.

Bally Boxing Gym trainer – and former local footballer – Gav Jones has also been giving his time to the group.

Waterman said: ‘We appreciate the support of everyone - especially the family of the fighters who are getting into the ring.’