Ricky Hatton remembers sparring with boxing fan James Simmons as he shows up at Blackpool memorial for Joey Blower's son
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The pro-boxer sat through video footage of an impromptu sparring session he’d had with James Simmons, who passed away in Thailand last month, aged 39.
During an ‘honest eulogy’, at Viva Blackpool on Sunday (July 9), Joey told the tale of how his son got to meet his idol – and ended up in the ring.
James had gone to watch the pro-boxer train for his big fight against Floyd Mayweather, in 2007.
The audience heard how he’d fancied getting in the ring with Ricky. Joey said: “So being the great bloke that Ricky is, he said ‘come on get in’.”
The British boxing legend said he loved watching the clip, adding that ‘James had a good chin on him’.
Ricky then joined the family for the evening at The Glass House in Cleveleys. Joey told the Gazette: “He’s been really supportive”.