A PUB has leant its backing to a rising boxing star who hopes to go on and claim a British title reports the Waltham Forest Guardian.
The Winston Churchill pub in Debden has thrown its weight behind up-and-coming welter-weight fighter Wayne Hibbert.
The 25-year-old has made a blistering start to his professional career, winning all six of his fights, ahead of a seventh at York Hall this Saturday (December 4).
Hibbert, from Stanford Le Hope, has even temporarily moved in with landlord Jim Cosentino at the pub as he guns for a top title.
The young professional, who joined the paid ranks two years ago, has been boxing since he was just 10, and has proven pedigree, having won national schoolboy titles during his younger days.
He said of the support afforded him by Cosentino and the Winston Churchill pub: “They’ve been a real help to me. They bring a strong crowd to all my fights and have given me a lot of support. Jim has really done me proud.”
He added: “I’m still learning the trade but I’ve started well and hopefully I can fight for a British title.”