FIGHTERS are prepared for hard battles between the ropes. It comes as part of the territory. However for Sheffield’s Callum Hancock, his hardest battle remained an internal struggle and one that he kept to himself until it was impossible to hold it in any longer.
Hancock, an 8-0 super-middleweight prospect, returned to the sport this year after serving a six month term in prison for GBH. However he shockingly revealed the disturbing news that he was raped and sexually assaulted as a 10-year-old child, stunning the UK boxing scene.
Now 27, Hancock explains the relief he felt at revealing the ordeals he suffered and describes 2018 as a “new beginning”, not just in his boxing career but his life as a whole. His return in September saw him earn a four round points decision and he will continue on the comeback trail with another four round opportunity as part of the undercard of Kell Brook’s clash with Michael Zerafa at the Sheffield Arena.