Romford teen with cerebral palsy wins championship belt in boxing match
PUBLISHED: 10:04 30 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:36 30 November 2018
A Romford teenager who was born with cerebral palsy and was told by doctors that he might not ever be able to walk, put in a knock out performance as he took part in a boxing match and ‘proved that nothing can hold you back’.
A Romford teenager who was born with cerebral palsy and was told by doctors that he might not ever be able to walk put in a knockout performance as he took part in a boxing match and ‘proved that nothing can hold you back’.
Taylor Bolman was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby and the prognosis was very bleak.
His mum, Toni Richardson, was told by doctors that if he even survived - which was unlikely - he would have a very poor quality of life and be totally be dependent on her.
The Recorder featured Taylor and his mum - who both live in Eastbury Road - back in 2003 when they started fundraising to pay for treatment to help him walk, a milestone he achieved when he was seven.
He has now taken an even bigger next step - into the boxing ring - and he came out with a championship belt.
Taylor has been training with Shaun Sookoo for two and a half years to help with his walking and movements - and a few weeks ago he asked if Taylor wanted to take part in a boxing match for his charity, Winny’s Foundation - that provides meals for the homeless.
His mum said he jumped at the chance.
After putting gloves on for the first time there was no stopping Taylor, and thanks to help from Shaun he took to the ring in front of more than 400 people and put in a heavyweight performance.
His mum said: “It was a huge deal for him and took great courage, strength and determination.
“He has always been a determined young man and has proven that he is a true fighter not only in life ... but now in the boxing ring!
“Shaun is a fabulous mentor.
“He has taken Taylor under his wing and given him time and the opportunity to do something inspirational.
“He has had the belief in him and just given him a chance.
“That is what youngsters like Taylor need.
“Taylor continues to face daily challenges and lots of every day tasks that we take for granted are incredibly challenging or even impossible for him.”