Jason Welborn and Luke Paddock were on hand to present two Black Country amateur boxing clubs with cheques for £500 yesterday.
The boxing duo, who headline EJKO Promotions’ ‘MayDay!’ show at Walsall Town Hall next month, leant Walsall Football Club a helping hand during their Bank Holiday Monday encounter with Gillingham.
Each year, The Saddlers are given a donation to distribute to worthwhile charities thanks to the FA Community Shield. Manchester United defeated Wigan Athletic 2-0 in front of over 80,000 people at Wembley last August and the funds are available to distribute from the general admission and net income of match expenses, plus profits from the sale of the match programme.
The kind-hearted Saddlers donated £500 to both Pleck ABC and Amphion ABC, as well as donating £1,000 to the WFC Community Programme.
Jason and Luke helped out with the presentations at halftime during Walsall’s 1-1 draw with the Gills, which served as a welcome break from their training regimes ahead of their respective fights.
“It was nice to give a little back,” British Masters and Midlands Area Champion Welborn told www.uko-boxing.com. “Amphion are a relatively new ABC who box out of Darlaston, so £500 will go a long way.”
“It’s always nice to go to my local club,” added British Bronze Masters Champion Paddock. “I’m a Walsall lad so to visit Walsall Football Club and help out a good amateur club like Pleck was a pleasure.”
The Black Country pair both face Bulgarian opposition when they headline ‘Mayday!’ on Friday, 16th May.
Welborn takes on 19 year-old prospect Stanislav Nenkov whilst Paddock faces the durable Kristian Dochev.
Tickets, priced at £30 and £60 Ringside, are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900. The aftershow party takes place at the Pitch Sports Bar and Grill on Bridge Street, Walsall. The show will also be aired live and exclusive on BBC WM’s DAB Digital Service and online at www.bbc.co.uk/wm
Tipton super featherweight Lee Glover, Staffordshire welterweight Rob Hunt, Leicester welterweight Ryan Nandha, Halesowen super middleweight Lennox Clarke, Stoke welterweight Josh McLaren, Wolverhampton super featherweight Des Bowater and brother, (welterweight) Sid Bowater, and Birmingham cruiserweight Olly Lambert, all feature on the undercard.