Amateur boxer one of two killed in Featherstone horror crash

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TRIBUTES have been paid to an amateur boxer who was one of two men killed when a car ploughed in to a lamp post in Featherstone on Friday night.

Callum ‘Tanker’ Fretwell, 23, and another man in his twenties died when the Orange Ford Focus ST they were travelling in left the road and crashed into a lamp post at the junction of Common Side Lane and Wakefield Road at around 11.50pm.

Amateur boxer Mr Fretwell, of Featherstone, won gold in the prestigious 2014 Haringey Box Cup at Alexandra Palace in London last June.

He won the class ‘C’ amateur heavyweight boxing contest just eight months after taking up boxing.

His parents Gordy and Tracy and partner Kelsey Marsh said in a statement: “We are all heartbroken and devastated to learn that our son Callum Fretwell has lost his life in a tragic car accident.

“We are in total shock and are struggling to come to terms.

“We know he was no angel but he touched so many people’s lives in a positive way.

“He was the love of our lives and words cannot express our feelings and life will not be the same without him. He was a doting father himself to a beautiful baby daughter and a stepson who he loved so much.

“We would like to thank everyone who has sent their heartwarming messages and support to our family. We appreciate every one of you and we know that the community is in real shock.”

Mr Fretwell’s friend and boxing trainer Keith Walker, said: “It is an honour and privilege to pay tribute today to a very special person who I love so dearly.

“I am deeply saddened to hear the shocking news that Callum died in this tragic accident and I would like to pay my personal tribute to him on behalf of everyone that met him.

“He was a larger than life character who lived his life at a very fast pace. Anything that had a bit of danger to it, he was there, boxing, motorbikes etc.

“He had no real fear and wanted to test himself constantly and try to improve.

“Callum loved his job bricklaying with his new found friends, but most of all he loved it when surrounded by his family and friends. He had the biggest heart and a massive smile.

“Callum was a gold medallist in the amateur Boxing Haringey Cup finals 2014, but he was the type of lad that could have been a champion at whatever he did He did everything I ever asked of him in the gym and touched the hearts of many, to that he leaves an amazing legacy.”

Barry McGrath.

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