Video: Ex-boxing champ back in ring to take fight to obesity

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Former boxing world champion Paul ‘Silky’ Jones has got back in the ring to help deliver the knockout blow to obesity.

The 48-year-old, who was crowned WBO Light Middleweight World Champion in 1995, jumped through the ropes at Xercise4Less, in Kirkstall Road, Leeds, to deliver a one-off boxercise class yesterday.

Former boxing world champion Paul Silky Jones takes a boxercise class at Xercise4Less, in Kirkstall Road, as part of a Heart Research UK campaign to tackle obesity. Picture Tony Johnson.

Former boxing world champion Paul Silky Jones takes a boxercise class at Xercise4Less, in Kirkstall Road, as part of a Heart Research UK campaign to tackle obesity. Picture Tony Johnson.

The Leeds-based former fighter and Heart Research UK ambassador stopped by as part of Silky’s Challenge to get people to make positive lifestyle changes through activities such as skipping, walking and eating a healthier diet.

It comes as part of the charity’s National Obesity Awareness Week events, which are calling on people to join in with a national New Year’s resolution to tackle obesity by pledging to make a small lifestyle pledge.

“Our lifestyles make it easy for us to put on the pounds and become overweight or even obese by being inactive and eating a poor diet, which puts us at risk of serious illnesses like heart disease,” he said. “Just a few small changes can make a difference.”

National Obesity Awareness Week 2015 is intended to raise awareness of obesity and the steps the public can take to either prevent or address obesity.

It coincides with a new report from the National Obesity Forum which says that tackling obesity must be among the priorities of a new Government.

Dr Chris Pepper, a cardiologist and Heart Research UK spokesman, said: “The current epidemic of obesity is the biggest avoidable health care crisis facing the developed world at the moment.”

Obesity can result in problems including heart attacks, cancer, diabetes and joint disease. Visit www.noaw.org.uk.

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