Boxer takes win­ner’s belt off sale site af­ter fi­nan­cial sup­port

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - SCOTT MILNE

The box­ing com­mu­nity ral­lied be­hind a Dundee fighter who put his IBF Euro­pean Su­per Feather­weight belt on sale so he can buy his fam­ily Christ­mas presents.

Ron­nie ‘The Shark’ Clark was “gut­ted” to put his belt on ebay af­ter a se­ries of can­celled fights left him short of money. He even of­fered to sign the belt if the win­ning bid­der wanted him to.

He also said he would per­son­ally de­liver it to the win­ner to en­sure it got to them “safely”.

His story earned the sup­port of the box­ing com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing for­mer Com­mon­wealth light­weight cham­pion Tommy Coyle of­fer­ing him £1,000 to help him through the tough times – on the con­di­tion that he keeps the belt.

He later shared a text mes­sage ex­change on his Twit­ter feed that ap­peared to show a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween him­self and Clark. In it, the Dundee boxer thanked Mr Coyle for send­ing him £900 and say­ing it “means a lot”.

The bell was then rung on the list­ing as it was taken down by Clark late on Novem­ber 25. At one point be­fore be­ing taken down, the list­ing reached £940.

Clark won the belt in Feb­ru­ary and has had three fights can­celled since then, in­clud­ing a bout on Novem­ber 15 af­ter would-be op­po­nent Sam Bowen suf­fered in­jured ribs dur­ing train­ing.

Clark was jailed last year for nine months af­ter a cam­paign of con­trol­ling his for­mer part­ner Re­becca Gra­ham, in­clud­ing in­stalling spy­ware on her phone to keep an eye on who she was con­tact­ing.

Ron­nie Clark.

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