Ac­tiv role in men­tor­ing boxer

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT - Sarah Brookes

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d477976

Power: Pro­fes­sional boxer Hay­den ‘H-Bomb’ Wright.

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