FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno has praised David Haye and Carl Froch for helping to put British boxing back on the map.
Speaking at a Sports Experience Day, held by The Presidents Sporting Club/Essex Disabled Sports Foundation at Breckland Leisure Centre in Thetford, the much-loved former boxer admitted he still keeps a close eye on the sport but bemoaned the lack of successful home grown talent in recent years.
“British boxing has been a little bit quiet for a while, but there are a few guys coming through,” he said. “I like a lot of boxers about now, but there aren’t as many about as there were in my day.
“David Haye and Carl Froch are winning championships in their weight divisions and are doing their bit to promote the sport and help put British boxing back on the map, which is important.”
As well as casting a watchful eye over the new talent, Bruno has also kept involved with the sport directly through his own academy in Kent, which aims to help children off the street to help turn their lives around.
Despite initial criticism from certain areas of the local media, Bruno now firmly believes positive results have changed the minds of those doubters.
He added: “The Frank Bruno Academy was created around two years ago. We started out with six kids and now have around 30 who come along reguarly,
“It got a little bit of criticism from the local press to start with, but they have now seen the results that have come from it.
“We have taken kids from the street, who were getting involved in the wrong sort of thing, and given them an education and a bit of discipline through the boxing so it is working.”