Sheffield boxing: Eckington fighter’s Noble gesture for Barnsley cancer victim

Boxing seems a one-man sport to the outsider. A solitary existence, one individual out for himself.

Not so, for Callum Hancock. He boxed at the weekend to earn his seventh straight win..but he earned much more than that four-round victory.

Callum Hancock

Callum Hancock

The 23-year-old scaffolder earned the respect of many for donating his purse to cancer-victim gym-mate Lee Noble. He explained: “My good friend from the gym Lee unfortunately got diagnosed with leukaemia in November so this purse is going straight into the Lee Noble fund to help his battle.”

The money is split between Lee, Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital and leukaemia research, he said.

Hancock, who outpointed Essex’s Danny Brown, revealed that Kell Brook will hand Barnsley’s Noble the honour of carrying his IBF belt into the ring on his world title defence at Sheffield Arena on March 28.

The Eckington middleweight, 23, was a little frustrated with his night’s work at iceSheffield on a Dave Coldwell bill. “The kid knew the game, holding me, coming in with his head. I rushed things I could have made it a lot easier for myself. It is a learning game and I will develop that in my next fight” said the scaffolder.

The pick of the Sheffield bunch on Friday was Ingle southpaw Sam O’Maison, who saw his Lithuanian welterweight opponent Aleksas Vaseris touch down in the first round and hit the canvas twice before the ref stepped in. O’Maison had lost his unbeaten record last time out but this was a confidence-boosting 10th victory.

Doncaster’s Josh Morgan proved too easy to hit in an untidy lightweight duel with Sheffield’s Qasim Hussain, who outpointed him. Clinton Woods’ latest project, Eckington cruiser Jos Paul’s muscular frame dominated Jason Jones in their four rounder. Paul had success with body shots on the ropes and winded Jones with a right hook.

Jones’s cornerman was reduced to shouting: ‘Hit him’ in the final round...which gives you some idea how little he had to offer.

Dronfield middleweight Rod Smith’s bout with Gary Boulden was shelved after a disparity in weight, the Derbyshire man heavier than agreed.

Belper welterweight Ryan Fields drew with Joe Lovell over six rounds.

Super bantamweight Ryan Burnett bt Isaac Owusu.

Lightweight Jordan Cooke bt Ismail Anwar.

Cruiserweight Russ Henshaw bt Mitch Mitchell.