Boxers get tyre-d

Matt and Lee with Maisy Dolly
Matt and Lee with Maisy Dolly

They must be flipping crazy!

Tom Hill ABC gym members Lee West and Matthew Neilson completed a gruelling 12-hour challenge on Saturday, flipping a giant 200kg tractor tyre 1,000 times EACH.

The pair signed up to the stunt to raise money for Hallam FM & Magic AM’s Cash for Kids, which helps disabled and disadvantaged children in the area.

The ultimate aim is to raise enough money to send a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy, Maisy Dolly, to America to undergo intensive therapy.

“Maisy is now three years old and is developing into a beautiful young girl,” Lee said.

“She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, and is unable to walk or talk.

“Matt and I trained very hard for the challenge, and it was one hell of a challenge - both physically and mentally.

“Some people can’t even get the tyre off the ground!”

Lee and Matt’s efforts have already raised several hundred pounds, and donations are still coming in towards the overall target of £1,000. Donations can still be pledged online at

Meanwhile on Sunday, Tom Hill ABC boxer Conner Kelsall faced an almightly challenge of his own when he appeared in the semi-finals of the National Schoolboy Boxing Championships at Havercroft Sports Centre.

Each round appeared even as Kelsall boxed at close and long range against an experienced Midlands champion who consistently went forward with swarming attacks.

But a majority verdict eventually separated the 2 boxers, with Kelsall narrowly missing the final.

Paul Neilson, a Tom Hill ABC coach, said: “It is a real credit to Conner that he has come this far and improved so much in a short space of time.

“He is still improving, and I expect him to achieve even more in the future.”