Sheffield boxing: Eckington fighter pledges purse to Barnsley’s Lee Noble

Callum Hancock after a win in September
Callum Hancock after a win in September

Callum Hancock is to hand over his purse from his next fight to cancer-victim Lee Noble - and says it will be a privilege to help his pal.

Noble is undergoing treatment for leukaemia and all his Ingle gym mates are rooting for him.

A mini-music festival has been organised in Dodworth for February 28 to help support Noble with funds, as the fighter cannot make a living during his time in and out of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

But Hancock is going a step further, he is pledging to give Noble his earnings from his next fight, at iceSheffield the day before the festival.

The 23-year-old Eckington scaffolder-cum-middleweight said: “I am more than happy to donate every penny I make from the fight to Lee.

“I have known him since I arrived at the gym as an amateur in 2008; he has always been the life and soul of the place, a real Jack the Lad who cheers you up every time you see him.

“It was a massive shock when he became ill but Lee always has a positive attitude and is adamant he can beat leukaemia.

“They found the disease early doors and he says he has a better chance than a young or old person getting it. But obviously it is his biggest tests and he needs people who can support him - every little helps.”

Unbeaten Hancock, who has six wins, says when he told Noble about his gesture : “He was chuffed to bits. He’s lost his earnings and, for the moment, he’s had a big part of his life - boxing - taken away. What happened to him puts everything into perspective, it makes you realise how lucky you are.”

The Derbyshire man says never a day goes by in the Wincobank gym without someone inquiring about Noble’s health.

“Everybody is rooting for him, not just our gym but all over the country.”

Hancock hopes to progress his own career in 2015.

“I am trained by Dom Ingle, who looks after Kell Brook and Kid Galahad, and we have the likes of Junior Witter and Johnny Nelson in the gym, so it doesn’t get much better than that.

“There are a lot of good middleweights and super middleweights in this area and there is no reason why cannot do something good in boxing like them.

“I don’t have the sponsorship that Liam Cameron and Adam Etches have but I am going to keep building my record up until I can press the button and dedicate myself completely to boxing.”

Details of how to help Noble, 27, can be found on the Team Noble fundraising page on Facebook, or by ringing 07445-823864.