Boxing fundraiser in tragic Featherstone fighter’s memory

Callum Fretwell
Callum Fretwell
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A FUNDRAISING boxing event is set to raise cash for the family of a talented young fighter killed in a double fatal crash in Featherstone.

Father-of-two Callum ‘Tanker’ Fretwell, 23, and his friend Luke Spragg – both of Featherstone – died after the orange Ford Focus ST they were travelling in left the road and crashed into a tree at the junction of Wakefield Road and Common Side Lane.

It happened at around 11.50pm on Friday February 13, Mr Spragg’s 25th birthday.

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

It is Mr Fretwell’s baby daughter Leela Bella’s first birthday today. Mr Fretwell also leaves six-year-old stepson Jayden Jackson.

Mr Fretwell’s friend and boxing trainer Keith Walker has helped organise the fundraiser at Castleford Civic Centre from 12.30pm on Sunday March 29. There will be a minimum of 14 fights involving local boxers.

Mr Walker said £5 from each ticket sold will go to Mr Fretwell’s family, adding: “The boxing community is in mourning. They are all in grief and are shocked. Some fighters are wanting to donate their purses to Callum’s family.”

At inquest openings on Monday, Wakefield Coroner’s Court heard Mr Fretwell was driving the Focus towards Featherstone when it left Wakefield Road and hit a tree at speed.

Both inquests were adjourned pending further enquiries.

Mr Fretwell’s funeral will be held at St Thomas’s Church in Purston, Featherstone, from 1.30pm on Thursday March 5, followed by a wake at Featherstone Rovers’ Big Fellas stadium.

For tickets for the boxing event, call 07880 491559.