Champ turns our for Jason

Former boxer Jason Rushton is presented with a cheque from the Midland Ex-Boxers Association and Tom Burling, of Shoreditch Town Hall, whilst his father John Rushton is presented a medal to commemorate his first fight in 1970, at Shoreditch Town Hall. L-R are Jerry Hjelter, secretary of MEBA, John Rushton, Jason Rushton, Bunny Johnson, president of MEBA and the first black heavyweight champion, and Martin Florey, chairman of MEBA. Picture: Liz Mockler D8405LM
Former boxer Jason Rushton is presented with a cheque from the Midland Ex-Boxers Association and Tom Burling, of Shoreditch Town Hall, whilst his father John Rushton is presented a medal to commemorate his first fight in 1970, at Shoreditch Town Hall. L-R are Jerry Hjelter, secretary of MEBA, John Rushton, Jason Rushton, Bunny Johnson, president of MEBA and the first black heavyweight champion, and Martin Florey, chairman of MEBA. Picture: Liz Mockler D8405LM

Big hearted former heavyweight champion Bunny Johnson travelled up to Doncaster last week to boost the benefit fund for brain damaged boxer Jason Rushton.

Johnson, now the president of the Midlands Ex-Boxers Association, presented the 28-year-old Balby man with a cheque to help towards the intensive treatment he has undergone since his final bout 16 months ago.

Rushton was challenging for the Central Area light middleweight title in Bolton when he was knocked down in the last round and later collapsed on his way to the dressing room.

Rushton sustained brain damage, is blind in one eye and now suffers from epilepsy.

A benefit dinner, attended by several champions last year, raised around £15,000 which could go towards expensive treatment that may save the boxer’s sight.

Jason’s father John Rushton said: “People have been so generous and we are very grateful. Jason would just like to thank everyone.”