Boxing event raises knock-out figure for Bradley Lowery’s Fight

Bradley Lowery meets the fighters from the Brawl for Bradley event
Bradley Lowery meets the fighters from the Brawl for Bradley event

Forget the Froch and Groves fight – the big bout in East Durham was in honour of battling Bradley Lowery.

Supporters of the three-year-old cancer sufferer have been knocked out by the amount raised during a boxing-themed event.

The Brawl for Bradley event held at Blackhall Community Centre, in Hesleden Road, in Blackhall, raised a staggering £7,200 for Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma.

And little Bradley even made an appearance in the ring on the night, which had about 350 spectators.

The sell-out event was the brainchild of Blackhall amateur boxer Kev Gibson, 28, who went up against former Bareknuckle Champion of Great Britain Dave Radford in the headline bout.

The night was refereed by James “Lord of the Manor” Hare and former Peterlee professional boxer Peter Mason.

Kev is a family friend of Bradley’s and he wanted to do something to help the youngster, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer Neuroblastoma in January last year.

Kev, a former boxer with Headland Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) in Hartlepool, said: “I’m over the moon with the amount raised.

“Everything went to plan, there was no trouble and everybody had a good night.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, the place was chocka-block. All the lads did themselves proud getting into the ring. We want to organise one for later in the year and are going to try and raise £20,000.”

As well as other fighters, the night featured a raffle and auction and the headline fight was declared a draw, all in the name of charity.

The amount raised is one of the largest amassed from a single event for the appeal, which was set up to raise £500,000 for Bradley for treatment, should he suffer a relapse.