Ringside charity wants British boxing to help struggling former fighters

British boxing has a chance to give back to its former fighters – is it time for the sport's biggest earners help them?

Ringside Charitable Trust – the charity behind building a care home for ex-boxers who are battling dementia and other illnesses – has proposed an idea to the British Boxing Board of Control to support their great work.

The charity has asked the BBBofC to deduct 2 per cent off of a fighter's purse – 1 per cent to go to the board's own welfare fund with the other half to go to Ringside.

They believe that fighters who earn £50,000 or more per bout could make this contribution which would go a long way to supporting their cause.

Ringside will run the pilot project for a year at their own cost so it won't cost the BBBofC a penny to try it out.

Dave Harris, the founder and chairman of the ex-boxers British Hall of Fame, is leading the charge along with the other trustees Paul Fairweather, Karen Knight, Johnny Oliver and Tommy Burling.

They want a home where ex fighters can live together and receive the care they need.

Harris is too modest but he and the others behind this project deserve huge plaudits.

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They have the support of former fighters such as John H Stracey, John Conteh, Duke McKenzie and more.

While they've released a charity single this year called 'Never Give in, Never Give Up' to help raise funds which was recorded at Abbey Road studios.

But they're not looking for pats on the back now. They need financial support.

It would make a huge difference to the project which will need £2m to get going plus around £1.2m a year to run if they could get the fighters who regularly earn six and seven-figure sums to help out.

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Boxers deserve huge reward for their bravery to entertain us in such a dangerous sport but the fighters who laid the foundations for them deserve help now they've fallen on tough times.

Many already help out amateur clubs and other charities but could they afford to help these greats of the past?

Maybe promoters and fans can help too?

Another idea from Ringside Charitable Trust is that £1 is added to every ticket sold for big fights in this country.

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Would a supporter of boxing scoff at chucking in an extra quid to a fund for the fighters of yesteryear who made them fall in love with the sport? Surely not.

We glorify these fighters as fans, we as media implore them to take risks and face the best and those around them all earn money off their skills.

It's time we give something back.

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