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