Jan 27 2011 Chester Chronicle
ONCE described by Mike Tyson as the toughest white man on the planet, retired heavyweight Joe Egan has paid a special visit to a Chester boxing club.
Irishman Egan, who was the legendary Tyson’s sparing partner in the early 80s, took time out from filming in London to visit Chester Boxers on Saturday.
Kevin Sweeney, who runs the White Collar Boxing section of the thriving Hoole club, said: “Considering that this is a club available for all skills levels, Egan coming here was fantastic.
“He was a great fella and the advice he gave to everyone was brilliant.”
Egan stayed at the club for more than three hours and spoke to all of the fighters individually, giving them tips on how they can improve.
White collar boxer Dylan Gresty, 40, was one of the men Egan spoke to.
He said: “I was worried about my fight coming up in Bolton because the venue is like a cauldron, but Egan told me about a time when he had big fight in Athens, and it eased my worries a lot.
“To think about who he has been in the ring with, what he told me inspired me a lot.”
Egan, who had bouts against the likes of Lennox Lewis and Bruce Seldon in his career, confirmed he is going to try and attend the next White Collar Boxing event in Blacon at the end of next month.
One of the rising stars of Chester Boxers, Paul Economides, has the chance to win his first professional title on Saturday, February 5 when he takes on Robbie Turley for the vacant Welsh Area Super Bantamweight title at the Newport Leisure Centre.
For tickets call the club on 01244 342 012.