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Bare knuckle fighter meets up with local support group Amber Active

Harry Leach 23rd Jan, 2019 Updated: 23rd Jan, 2019

A BARE knuckle fighter met up with local support group Amber Active last week to put on a range of activities for adults with learning disabilities.

Kris Trezise, a British Middleweight Champion in Bare Knuckle Boxing (BKB), played football, basketball and showcased his boxing skills at the Ryland Centre in Bromsgrove.

“As soon as I found out Amber Active was self-funded I knew I had to go and help out in any way I could,” said Kris.

“It was absolutely amazing to see everyone having a good time and I was happy to be a part of that.

“They were so interested in my sport because a lot of them hadn’t heard of it before.”

Currently BKB is only legal in the UK, which leads to fighters from around the world coming here to take part.

Kris, who has three wins and one loss on his record, was eager to get the group’s users interested in boxing and sports in general.

“It was great to teach them some useful boxing techniques,” said Kris, “They really took on board what I said.”

The group meet up every Friday at the Ryland Centre and occasionally get a sports or TV personality to join in the fun.

Last year, Gary Ives, who works for Amber Active, brought in Chambers Whittle who starred in the MTV show Refreshers Week.

“We just want to keep things fresh and interesting for our users,” said Gary.

“We offer a great service because it gets people with disabilities fit and active by playing sports but also allows them to create long lasting friendships.”

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