Michael Watson visited coaches and boxers in Brighton and Hove to share his inspirational story.

The former Commonwealth middleweight champion visited WBC Cares UK.

He was keen to see the WBC Adaptive programme in action and to spend time with the coaching team and some adaptive boxers.

He shared his experiences and inspirational stories of his own personal journey teaching himself to walk and talk after six years of being in a wheelchair, showing his own relentless resilience and strength which he conveyed to the team.

WBC Cares UK chairman Scott Welch said: "Michael has been a friend for 30 years.

"He wanted to spend some time catching up and wanted to see the progress we have made with adaptive boxing at WBC Cares UK.

“Michael is a great inspiration to all fighters but especially our adaptive team, and it was great to have him sharing stories with our guys."

Watson, who demonstrated remarkable courage and determination in his own career after a near-fatal injury, expressed deep admiration for the spirit of the fighters at the gym.

He said: "I was truly overwhelmed with the guys at Scott’s gym. True warriors.

"The work Scott and the team have done is amazing, keep doing what you’re doing. Unity is strength."

WBC Cares UK aim to make boxing an inclusive sport that brings improved strength, fitness, mental health, personal development, self-confidence and overall wellbeing to all participants, regardless of age, ability, specific requirements, income, or gender identity.

It is a not-for-profit organisation created by the World Boxing Council and works with communities across the UK, dedicated to making boxing accessible to all and fostering social change.

They encourage individuals to overcome barriers and ensure that everyone has the right and opportunity to participate in boxing.

For more information, visit our website at www.wbccaresuk.org.