Boxing Sean

Last Update: 04 May 2003

On 12 March 2003, Sean was the judge at a charity boxing event held at
Handsworth Working Men's Club. He later acted as the "wash-down man"
for his mate Farx Fairchild, who battled organiser Glyn Rhodes in the ring.

Source: Sheffield Weekly Gazette
02 May 2003
Boxers help Sean Bean raise £5,000 for charity
Bean there, raised that. When boxers joined Sheffield-born film start Sean
Bean at a charity night for a relatively unknown disease, little did they
realise what a financial impact they would have.
The big-hearted boxing bash brought in more than £5,000 for Perthes
Disease Association.
The event was inspired by the plight of six-year-old Sheffield lad Sam
Johnson, of St Joseph's Road, Handsworth, who has the bone wasting
disorder which affects only a handful of children in the city. A cheque was
handed over to its representatives of Academy of Sound, on City Road,
which also supported the event.

Source: Sheffield Today
13 March 2003
Movie star's latest big hit!
HE'S A knockout! The gloves were off when Sheffield superstar Sean Bean
met little champ, Sam Johnson, at a charity boxing match in Handsworth.
The Hollywood heartthrob returned to his home suburb to support Sam, who
suffers from a rare bone condition called Perthes Disease.
And, as Sean revealed exclusively to The Star, the fundraising event was his
first priority.
Sean, who travelled up from London to Sheffield to take part, said: "A friend of
mine told me about the event, and about the disease.
"We arranged that after I finished playing Macbeth in the West End, I would
come up and support it.
"We had tried to arrange the boxing night to fit around Sheffield United
matches, but then they changed the dates!
"Everyone has put a lot of time and effort into the event and I am pleased to
be here. This is the priority for me tonight."
He added: "I've been up to the ground today. I couldn't resist!
"I just wanted to go and have a look because I haven't been up for a while."
He revealed he was taking a break before starting work on his next project,
an epic film about the Greek Trojan wars for Warner Brothers.
"I'm doing a film called Troy based on Homer's Iliad, which starts filming in
April. I'll be filming mostly in Malta and possibly in Morocco and Mexico. I'm
playing Odysseus."
Sam, aged six,of St Joseph's Road, Handsworth, was diagnosed with Perthes
Disease last November.
The condition, which affects only 10 to 15 children in Sheffield, mostly boys
aged two to eight, means he cannot play, run, ride a bike, or take part in PE
with his classmates at Aston Fence school.
Mum Eva Jonsson, 34, said: "It's a condition which affects the hip joints and it
is very rare. You're not born with it, it's not hereditary, and no-one knows why
it happens.
"We only found out Sam had it last November when he started walking with a
limp and saying his leg hurt.
"Now the only activity he can really do is swimming, and his condition will get
much worse. He has to have physiotherapy at home three times a day."
All money raised from the boxing night, organised by promoter Glyn Rhodes,
will go to the Perthes Association, which operates a support helpline for
parents, and raises money for hand-propelled trikes and wheelchairs.
[The boxing event was held on 12 March 2003 in Sheffield.]

Source: Sheffield Today
14 March 03
Hollywood star and United fan Sean Bean is special guest at tonight's
boxing fund-raiser at Handsworth WMC.
Bean will be in pal Farx Fairchild's corner as he squares up to Glyn Rhodes.
Clinton Woods is also backing the event which is in aid of Perthes Disease.
Doors open at 7pm.

Visit the Perthes Disease website.


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