A young Milton Keynes boxer has received heavyweight support in his bid to become a future world champion – from Frank Bruno MBE.
Former world heavyweight champion Bruno has supported Connor Wright, 20, ever since he watched the flame-haired southpaw’s first fight nine years ago at Jury’s Inn in MK.
And now that Connor has signed his first professional contract with Shamrock Promotions after proving himself as a big-hitter in the amateur ranks, Bruno paid a visit to Bletchley to offer the talented 6ft 3inch middleweight some advice.
Connor, who is trained by his dad Tony and Mervin Turner at MK Victors ABC, explained: “I’ve known Frank since he watched my first fight when I was 11 and, since then, he’s come to watch me every time I’ve boxed in MK.
“The other day he came along to my dad’s gym and took me on the pads.
“Frank told me to train hard and have a tunnel vision of where I want to get to, to stay grounded and stay hungry.
“He said to never lose the drive to be the best and, even if you’re a nice guy outside the ring, once you step into the ring you’ve got to be the nastiest person ever.”
Connor, a four-time home counties champion and silver medallist at the Hvidovre Box Cup in Denmark, is still working full-time as an estate agent at Thomas Connolly in The Hub while he trains twice a day for his first professional fight in the near future.
Connor said: “It’s hard work but it will be worth it. The goal is to be the first MK born-and-bred boxing champion.”
Call Connor on 07940 495861 for tickets to his first pro fight (date TBC). He is sponsored by City Gas MK, Signature Homes MK and Thomas Connolly.