Dorset to host first wheelchair boxing match

  • Video report by ITV News Meridian's Andrew Pate

Dorset will host it's first wheelchair boxing match at the end of the month, with one man training hard for his first bout.

Rob Franks from Poole had his leg amputated two years ago, following complications when a tumour was removed.

Rob says he hopes to see the sport one day join the Paralympics. Credit: ITV Meridian

Rob says: "I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't boxed for 25 years and the last time I did I was on two legs. So yeah, doing it in a wheelchair is really different, but I'm really looking forward to the challenge."

The exhibition fight is part of a white collar boxing event at the Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth on March 28th.

Rob with coach Marc Smith Credit: ITV Meridian

There have been bouts in Brighton, but this will be the first in Dorset.

The event is raising money for the Youth Cancer Trust. And it's organiser, Stella Payne, hopes there will be many more, having seen how much Rob is getting out of the sport.

She says: "Seeing how it's changed his life and that's even without the show, how it's brought us all together, the confidence it's given him. He says he feels a hundred feet tall."

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Rob says he hopes to see the sport one day join the Paralympics.