Gatenby fighting fund to help Boam family

Andy Gatenby on his professional debut. Picture: Mick Young
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Andy Gatenby will be fighting to help a friend in need when he steps into the ring next month.

He’s in action on the big Portsmouth fight night at the Pyramids Centre on Saturday, June 15.

And the super-bantamweight professional will donate his ring earnings to the Boam family.

Twenty-year-old Klone Boam died last weekend – and Gatenby is best friends with his big brother Blu.

‘Everything I earn from my fight will go to the family,’ said the 26 year-old from Fratton.

‘Blu was my house-mate for a couple of years and we are very close.

‘It’s devastating news and I just want to help the family.’

Gatenby has another fund-raising event next month.

Trainer John Murray has a niece who is suffering with leukemia and has organised a six-day run from Brighton to Liverpool, starting on Friday, June 28 to raise funds.

The target is £250,000 and employers DPP Ltd have sponsored Gatenby.

He is heading to London for a week of sparring at the TKO Gym in Canning Town.

‘There are a lot of good fighters in the gym,’ said Gatenby.

‘Getting a nod of approval from someone like Billy-Joe Saunders (Commonwealth champion) after sparring means an awful lot.’

Gatenby beat Igor Tsujev in Fareham in February.

Mark Coombs tops the bill at the Pyramids Centre. For tickets, ring 07767 830195.