Joe Calzaghe grants young fan’s wish
Boxing legend Joe Calzaghe has come out of retirement to make seven year old Owen’s wish come true! Thanks to Make-A-Wish Owen, who is fighting cancer, met his idol...
Owen, from Bromsgrove, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in December 2010. Around a month into chemotherapy, he started having trouble with his legs and had to stop playing rugby. His doctor suggested skipping to build strength in his tendons so Owen started going to the local boxing gym – he now loves boxing so much he trains four times a week and hopes to one day be heavyweight champion of the world!
On the day of his wish, Owen and his family were picked up in a limousine and taken to All Stars Boxing Gym in North Kensington where they were greeted by Joe. A star-struck Owen did some warm-up skipping with Joe before getting into the ring, where they sparred for ten rounds and it was decided that Owen was the outright winner – Joe even said that Owen was the best seven year old boxer he had seen! Owen was then given a pair of signed gloves before asking for some top tips from the pro. Joe, Owen and his family were then treated to lunch and Joe signed some cards for Owen to give to his friends. After meeting Joe, Owen said: ”It was better than brilliant!”
His Dad, Peter, said: “Throughout his treatment Owen was an inspiration to the whole family; even in the darkest hour we could rely on Owen to have a smile on his face…” After Owen’s wish he said: “It was more than I could have ever expected for Owen. What a great guy Joe is, and thank you to Make-A-Wish.”