Hometown boxer gets pointers from former world champion

Heavyweight boxer Tim Witherspoon and Nathan Graham at Rivets sports club
Heavyweight boxer Tim Witherspoon and Nathan Graham at Rivets sports club
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Aylesbury boxer Nathan Graham finally got his chance to come face-to-face with a world champion when he met ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon.

Graham met the former twice heavyweight champ at a special event organised by Charles Dowie at Rivets Sports and Social Club on Friday night where he discussed his career and met fans.

Witherspoon and Graham shared jokes and agreed the infamous clash between David Haye and Derek Chisora recently was ‘part of the sport’ and ‘captured the imagination of the public’.

The 30-year-old former Mandeville School pupil has a record of 13 wins and four defeats and is looking to take the next step up after turning pro last year.

“He don’t look like he’s got hit that much,” said Witherspoon.

“The bottom line is you’ve won 13 fights and you’ve beaten some good guys too.”

Witherspoon famously silenced a home UK crowd when he beat Frank Bruno in the 11th round in London in July 1986.

Despite confessing he had not seen the Aylesbury man fight, the 54 year old was eager to hand out some tips and maintain contact with the title hopeful.

“A lot of guys make too much movement to make just one punch,” Witherspoon said.

“It’s simple really, you’ve just got to continue going over the top and get them on the way up.”