BOXING is the toughest, most unforgiving of sports when a fighter has to dish out – and take – punishment.
So it’s not the easiest sport to watch for those who are nearest and dearest to fighters, knowing that a boxer can easily get hurt, sometimes seriously.
The wife of the late Sir Henry Cooper was so nervous when he boxed that she refused to go to fight stadiums – in fact, she would often hide away at home, not even listening on the radio, fearing the worst.
But the partner of Blackpool’s English light-middleweight champion, Brian Rose, has no such qualms.
Many of us would despair to see our nearest and dearest locked in fisticuffs, but Danielle Wilson said: “I’ve always been okay with it, until he lost (for the first time) to Max Maxwell, since then I’ve been more nervous.
“But I see how confident he is and I see him training, so I know how much work he puts in.
“I have confidence in him, I know he’ll win, so I’m all right”.
It was an eventful, life-changing month for the couple in May.
They bought their first home together, had a beautiful baby boy, Oscar, and Brian boxed for and held on to his English title.
Danielle, 22, and Brian, 26, have been together for nearly six years and got engaged in Venice in 2009.
She said: “Brian’s title defending fight on May 13 was the first contest I’ve missed.
“I was really upset I couldn’t make it, but I’d only just had Oscar two days earlier.”
Danielle gave birth to their baby boy just two days before Brian’s big fight, and was worried he would miss the birth.
She recalled: “Brian had to go to Manchester for the last two weeks of my pregnancy to prepare for his fight.
“When I started getting contractions, I sent him a message every time I got one to see how far apart they were.
“I went to the hospital at 8pm and he was there by 9pm.
“He stayed in hospital with me into the night and was there for the birth.
“He had to go to London the next day for his weigh-in.
“We were worried if Oscar wasn’t born on time he wouldn’t be able to make it if Brian was in London.
“Brian was upset he had to miss the first couple of days with Oscar, but I sent him lots of pictures.”
The happy couple are now spending valuable time with Oscar, whom they have named after ring legend Oscar De La Hoya.
n BLACKPOOL Kingscote Amateur Boxing Club junior Sam Webster produced an outstanding win on a show at Ambleside.
He beat Blackburn’s Nayib Chaudry, who up until this contest had won all nine of his bouts.
Webster boxed to his coach’s instructions, using excellent lateral movement and plenty of feints.
Webster’s combination punching and superb fitness were too much for Chaudry.
It wasn’t all one-sided and Webster took some big shots of the heavy-handed Blackburn boxer, but he won by a clear, unanimous points decision.
Webster is now unbeaten this season with five wins out of five.
Alex McCloy beat Wez Burns (Positive Impacts) on a majority points decision.
It was not McCloy’s best performance and allowed himself to be drawn into something of a brawl.
Burns had only lost twice out of nine before this.
McCloy has now won 19, with 10 losses.
Schoolboy Christopher McKinnon had a skills bout against Ambleside’s Mark Howarth.
It was his third skills bout and he showed excellent skills.
He will have his first proper bout on Kingscote’s first home show of the season on October 7.
By Jessica Omari