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MON­DAY June 26, 2017

PETER FLANA­GAN – a for­mer pro su­per-light­weight and wel­ter­weight who fought out of Nat Basso’s gym in Manch­ester in the 1980s – was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia pugilis­tica two-and-a-half months ago, but the in­spi­ra­tional 60-year-old is not go­ing to let his con­di­tion keep him down.

“Since be­ing di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia pugilis­tica, I’ve had to give up my driv­ing li­cence, and I can’t see that I’ll be work­ing,” Flana­gan says. “The di­ag­no­sis was ob­vi­ously a neg­a­tive, so I thought to my­self, ‘I’m go­ing to try to make some­thing positive out of this.’ That’s why I’m aim­ing to raise money for the aware­ness and preven­tion of de­men­tia.”

In or­der to shine a light on the dis­ease, Peter has signed up to a gru­elling charity hike along the Great Wall of China on Oc­to­ber 22, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety.

With four months to go un­til the trek be­gins, Flana­gan hopes to raise as much money as pos­si­ble for an in­cred­i­bly wor­thy cause.

“I’d love the pro­mot­ers like Frank War­ren and Ed­die Hearn to con­trib­ute to this charity, be­cause the box­ers are the ones who take the knocks in the ring,” Peter con­cludes.

Those wish­ing to spon­sor Peter can do so here: https://my­do­nate. bt.com/fundrais­ers/pe­ter­flana­gan

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