Wrestler hoping life story will be great hit

Former boxer and wrestler Ray Robinson, of Keadby, with his autobiography called "The Sheriff". Picture: Andrew Roe

Former boxer and wrestler Ray Robinson, of Keadby, with his autobiography called "The Sheriff". Picture: Andrew Roe

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A former wrestling champion who has just released his life story hopes to score a knockout for charity with the proceeds.

Ray Robinson has put pen to paper, along with author Paul Stenning to tell his eventful life in his book entitled The Sheriff.

The 63-year-old, who has battled over 700 wrestlers, countless boxers and prostate cancer, says he decided to pen his memoirs because friends and family were always telling him he had plenty of stories ‘people would want to hear’.

“If you read my book you will say he’s really lived a life, said Ray of Woodgarr Avenue, Keadby.

“It’s been a fantastic ride and I wouldn’t change any of it.”

The book took about a year to write and can currently be bought though www.amazon.co.uk and the Lindsey Lodge hospice, which will receive a £3 donation for every book sold through the charity.

Ray says he hopes to donate more to the charity, once he’s recovered the initial costs of producing the book.

The former wrestler’s biographer, Paul Stenning, has also written biographies of stars such as Meat Loaf, Robert Pattison and Take That.

Ray took on some of the biggest names in British wrestling during the 1970s and 90s including Keith Hadey, Gorilla Reg Ray and Alan Kilby, and the book gives an insight into his wrestling career during that time.

The former champion’s sporting story began when Ray was prevented from acting on his first sporting passion, which was boxing due to the fact there was nowhere in Scunthorpe to practice boxing when he was growing up.

He turned to wrestling instead, competing in matches for over three decades until he retired in 1993 as the British Champion.

After retiring, Ray finally returned to boxing, facing up to competitors at his own private gym, called Ray’s Gym, which was built at the back of the former boxer’s house.

He said: “I think I could have been a boxing champion if I’d stuck with it when I was a kid but the nearest place that offered boxing was Doncaster, which was 20 miles away.

“But it may as well have been the other side of the country because my dad didn’t have a car.”

Ray stopped boxing when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 59, but is still passionate about the sport.

After giving up sport, Ray turned his hand to security and owns his own security business, called Ray’s Security Firm which counts other former wrestlers and boxers from the area among its employees.

He said: “A lot of the people I hire were on the boxing circuit at some point, and you really wouldn’t want to come up against any of them.”

For more information on the book visit www.paulstenning.co.uk or to buy a copy log onto www.lindseylodgehospice.org.uk