Activ role in mentoring boxer
WHEN Hayden ‘H-Bomb’ Wright steps in the ring with current NSW cruiserweight champion Nick Midgley, he will have High Wycombe resident Panidis (39) cheering him on as one of his biggest supporters.
Wright, a full-time support worker for the Activ Foundation, has been mentoring Mr Panidis for the past three years.
“John has autism and intellectual disabilities, and he saw a picture of me boxing and asked if I could teach him,” he said.
“He attended a private boxing session
“John has become more social within his community and is improving his listening and talking skills.”
Wright started boxing at the age of 15 and turned professional in 2015.
“I grew up watching the Rocky movies and it was my dream to be a boxer but everybody laughed at me,” he said. “It was amazing to be crowned the Metro Heavyweight Champ last year and my ultimate goal is to take back that title.”
Wright will fight Midgley on March 16 at Metro City. If successful Wright will then take on an undefeated WA opponent on May 11 at Metro City.
Power: Professional boxer Hayden ‘H-Bomb’ Wright.