A BURTON boxing legend is gearing up for a return to the ring to raise money for charity – and relive one of his most famous bouts.
Former British middleweight champion Neville Brown, who was ranked number one in the country for four years, will go toe to toe with former rival Steve Collins in a four round charity bout on July 6 in Burton.
The pair last met in 1996 when Collins defended his WBO super middleweight title against Brown, who he managed to beat in the eleventh round.
“When the offer of this fight came up, I said, “Hell, yes,” said Brown.
“That title fight I had with Steve in Ireland really made me.
“I took it at short notice and even though I lost the bout, I earned respect and recognition around the world.
“A couple of charities will benefit from this.
“I’m hoping it will drum up awareness of men’s health.
“Boxing got me ready for life. If myself and Steve can show people that even at our age we can still make a huge effort and not give up, then maybe it’ll do some good come.”
Brown started boxing as a child with Burton Amateur Boxing Club, in Bradmore Road, and went on to win two Lonsdale belts and boxed for England 19 times.
He retired from the ring in 2000 with a record of 32-8, including 27 knock-outs, and is now a boxing and fitness instructor and life coach.
Details of the venue where the fight will take place and ticket information have not yet been released.
Brown added: “I try to be an ambassador to my sport and take great pride in teaching myself and anyone who comes in to my life.
“I believe I have, through this noble art, touched people’s spirit and brought joy into their world.
“I have looked back at my career and have taken it apart looking at the good and the bad.
“Boxing has saved me and taught me self-discipline and respect for many others.”