Hartlepool boxing promoter promises knockout show to remember mother

Denise Breward (right), with Nathan Greathead (red tshirt) with other members of the family when they met Frank Bruno at an event Nathan organised.
Denise Breward (right), with Nathan Greathead (red tshirt) with other members of the family when they met Frank Bruno at an event Nathan organised.

A BOXING promoter has vowed to put on a knockout show in memory of his tragic mum after she died suddenly just before Christmas.

Nathan Greathead, 20, set up his own business after being encouraged by his mum Denise Breward to put his love of boxing into good use.

But Nathan and his family were left devastated when the mum-of-five died on December 2 last year.

Denise was just 40, and her family are still waiting for answers as to what caused her death.

The 20-year-old was stunned by his mum’s death, but as he prepares to welcome boxing champ Ricky Hatton to Hartlepool next week he says the tragedy has just made him even more determined to succeed.

Nathan, brother to Scott, 22, 13-year-old Jackson, Brooke, 12, and five-year-old John-Jo, said: “My mam was always there for me.

“The night before she died, she was round at my house and she was fine. She hadn’t been poorly or anything. We were all there, and we had a great laugh.

“The next morning my brother Scott rang me to say she had been rushed into hospital. She never got out, she died at 6.30pm that night.”

Nathan runs his own firm, NSG Boxing Promotions, and after luring Frank Bruno to Hartlepool last year he is now looking forward to a packed show with the legendary Hatton at the Corporation Club next Thursday.

Nathan, from the Brierton area of Hartlepool, added: “I was a bit of a tearaway when I was a kid, I was always in bother at school, but she always fought my corner and did her best for me.

“When I set the promotions firm up, she was so proud of me. When I organised the event in the Clippy Club with Frank Bruno, she couldn’t believe it. I filled the place, but she was always supportive of me with everything I did.

“When she died, I was in a daze. I didn’t know what to do. I had my brothers and sister to support. My little brother John-Jo is only five. He should have been excited for Santa coming, but I had to tell him his mammy had gone to heaven.

“I had to sort her house out, I had a funeral to arrange.

“Running a business and organising boxing nights was the last thing on my mind. I could have rapped it all in there and then. But that’s not what mam would have wanted.

“I’m still grieving for her, I always will. But she is my inspiration, I want to make this business even better now to make her proud.

“The Ricky Hatton night week is the first thing I’ve arranged since she died.

“It will be an emotional night because she should have been sat there with me. But I know she will be looking down on me smiling from somewhere.

“This is my way of saying thank you to her for everything she did for me.”

l BOXING fans are being urged to get their hands on the remaining tickets for the Evening With Ricky Hatton, which takes place at 7pm on Thursday, February 26, at the Corporation Club, in Whitby Street.

Hatton, 37, is a former Welterweight Champion who fought the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas during his glittering career.

The event will also feature an auction of boxing memorabilia, and tickets priced at £40 are available from the NSG Boxing Promotions’ page on Facebook, or by telephoning Nathan Greathead on 07773785898.