Herol 'Bomber' Graham 3x World title challenger generally acknowledged as one of the best British boxers of the post-war era to have never won a World title SIGNED and INSCRIBED "Best Wishes" promotional 7 1/4" x 4 1/4" photo.
Boxing legends and fans alike have rallied in support of Nottingham born fighter Herol ‘Bomber’ Graham after he was admitted to a mental health hospital.
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Graham, widely regarded in the sport as the best British boxer never to win a World title, grew up in Radford and became a middleweight sensation, dazzling fans in the 1980's.
He retired in 1998 and faced an uphill struggle to find purpose outside the sport, having battled depression.
In his 2011 autobiography he revealed he had attempted suicide, but since 2016 has been inspiring local people as a coach at Nottingham School of Boxing, in St Ann’s.
But Boxing News reported he has recently been admitted to a mental health hospital, where he continues to receive treatment.
His decline in health was confirmed by the school’s founder, Marcellus Baz, who is organising a skipathon to raise funding to support Graham.
Marcellus, known as Baz, said: “He’s one of our patrons, he’s worked hard to support us and now we need to help him.
“He’s been amazing helping our city and he’s given a lot to our young people. Now he’s in need and we’re all going to get behind him and raise money for him to make sure he has all the support he needs.”
Further details of the planned skipathon and other fundraising events would be announced in the next few days, he added.
Graham, 58, has also received support from British heavyweight legend Frank Bruno, who tweeted: “I would like to offer my support to Herol, my thoughts are with him at this difficult time, I’ve been there…keep fighting boss.”
Graham’s current struggle comes as his partner Karen Neville is also battling cancer, and a JustGiving page set up to fund raise for treatment not available on the NHS has already raised £13,000 of a £15,000 target, with donors offering messages of support to the couple.
Speaking to Notts TV last April about his return to health and coaching in Nottingham, Graham said: “If Karen Neville wasn’t around then I wouldn’t be around now, she came up to Sheffield and took me back down to London, she did save me, I owe her a lot.”
People in Sheffield are also offering support, as Graham moved there to build his career and trained at the legendary Ingle Gym in the city.
Daily paper the Sheffield Star carried news of his ill-health and the appeal on their front page on Saturday (January 20).
*Sadly Herol's partner Karen Neville passed away in September 2018.
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Herol "Bomber" Graham - Highlights & Knockouts
Herol 'Bomber' Graham was born in Nottingham, England on 13 September 1959 and is generally acknowledged as one of the best British boxers of the post-war era never to have won a World title.
After winning the ABA light-middleweight title he turned professional in 1978 fighting out of Brendan Ingle's gym in the Wincobank area of Sheffield.
He went 38 fights undefeated, winning the British, Commonwealth and European Light-Middleweight titles and the British and European Middlewight titles. He eventually lost his unbeaten record in a European Middleweight Title defence to future World champion Sumbu Kalambay in 1987. Herol fought for World titles three times at Middleweight and Super-Middleweight. In his first attempt, he gave the respected champion Mike McCallum one of his hardest defences, losing a close decision. Points deducted for low blows cost him the verdict. A year later, in another World title challenge, he lost to feared puncher Julian Jackson after out-boxing him and nearly stopping him. The one punch that struck Herol knocked him out cold, before he hit the canvas.
Four years of inactivity were followed by an unexpected comeback. Herol put together a series of impressive victories to gain a last shot at a World title in March 1998. Challenging American Charles Brewer for the IBF super middleweight title he was stopped in the tenth round. He then retired from the ring and now lives in the Dore area of Sheffield, working as a Personal Trainer at a local gym, specialising in boxing based exercises.
In February 2009 his son was injured in what police described as a targeted shooting at Westfield, Sheffield.
* 1976 Junior World Welterweight Champion (beating John Mugabi in final)
* 1977 Senior ABA Light-Middleweight finalist (lost to Steve Hopkin)
* 1978 Senior ABA Light-Middleweight Champion
* 2007 Senior ABA Super Heavyweight Shrugging Runner up (lost to Terry Carbendama)