Boxing show to remember Featherstone crash victim Callum Fretwell

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A boxing show will help raise money for the family of amateur boxer Callum Fretwell who died in a car crash in Featherstone.

Dad-of-two Mr Fretwell, 23, and his friend Luke Spragg, 25, were killed in the crash last month.

They were in an orange Ford Focus ST when it crashed into a lamppost and tree at the junction of Wakefield Road and Common Side Lane on February 13.

Mr Fretwell’s former boxing coach Keith Walker has now organised the event at Castleford Civic Centre, Ferrybridge Road, on Sunday, March 29.

It will include 13 bouts and start at 1.30pm.

Mr Walker said: “The boxing community is in mourning. Some fighters are wanting to donate their purses to Callum’s family.”

Mr Fretwell was an amateur boxer who won gold in the 2014 Haringey Box Cup at Alexandra Palace in London last June, just eight months after taking up the sport.

He had a baby daughter Leela Bella, one, and six-year-old stepson Jayden Jackson.

Mr Walker added: “It is an honour and privilege to pay tribute to a very special person who I love so dearly.

“He was a larger than life character who loved his life and loved his boxing.

“He had no real fear and wanted to test himself constantly and try to improve.

“Callum loved his job bricklaying with his new-found friends, but most of all he loved it when surrounded by his family and friends.

“He had the biggest heart and a massive smile.

“He was a gold medallist in the amateur Boxing Haringey Cup finals 2014, but he was the type of lad that could have been a champion at whatever he did.

“Our world is a sadder place without him.

“He will never be forgotten.”

Mr Walker said tickets for the boxing show cost £25 with £5 from each ticket donated to Mr Fretwell’s family.

Doors will open for the event at 12.30pm.

For more information on the show or to book tickets call the ticket hotline on 07880 491559.

They are also available from Chequerfield pub, Pontefract, Healdfield pub, Castleford and Big John’s Legends’ Gym in Featherstone.