Connor makes winning start as a boxer

Connor Fretwell before his first boxing contest.
Connor Fretwell before his first boxing contest.

Featherstone’s Connor ‘The Honey Badger’ Fretwell made a successful start to the boxing career he has taken up after being inspired by his medal-winning brother, who was tragically killed earlier this year.

In his first contest at the Castleford Civic Centre, Fretwell entered the ring to a roaring atmosphere with a crowd out in full force to support Connor.

Pumped up and eager to get off the starting blocks against a durable experienced opponent in Percy Hess, Fretwell raced out and just over 30 seconds into the contest the referee had to give a standing count to Hess.

Hess survived the early onslaught, however, and the contest went on to go the full three round distance to be a great learning experience for Connor.

Fretwell was totally in control throughout the bout, throwing fast and accurate punches and won all three rounds to get the verdict on his debut.

The promoter awarded him the Callum Fretwell Memorial Trophy for his efforts inside and outside of the ring over the last six months.

Coach Keith Walker, who also coached Callum Fretwell, said: “He should be able to go on and emulate his big brother’s boxing achievements in time.

“What a performance and a big thank you to the supporters who came out in droves.”