Vintage stuff from Oakey on return

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Jack Bishop aged 21 in the Airborne Division

‘If ever I had a hero in my life then Jack was it’

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TONY OAKEY rolled back the years with a vintage showing on his return the ring.

Oakey took on old sparring partner Wayne Elcock on a night to savour for the noble art in Chigwell on Saturday.

The Leigh Park Warrior was coaxed out of retirement for one final contest as he took on the British champ and world title challenger.

The show saw all proceeds raised go to the Indee Rose Trust, a charity named after the child who lost her life to a brain tumour.

And Oakey’s showdown with Elcock didn’t disappoint as the pair went toe-to-toe for five frenetic rounds of exhibition action.

Portsmouth’s favourite boxing son set the pace with the duo keeping their promise to go about their work with intensity.

That ensured the match-up warranted its top-of-the-bill status with some real spite in Oakey’s body shots.

Elcock was having his moments, however, but the Birimingham man’s work was generally repaid with interest from the 38-year-old.

That delighted the crowd who roared their appreciation throughout and gave both boxers a standing ovation on the final bell.

Oakey was pleased with the spectacle he delivered along with Elcock four years after he retired from the sport.

He said: ‘It was brilliant.

‘I’m glad that we were able to put on a good show for a great cause and raise some money.

‘There was a good turnout and a lot of the old Oakey-Kokey supporters were there.

‘The buzz you get from being in the ring never dies.’