A mixed martial arts fighter who retired from the sport after victory in a brutal grudge-match is preparing to make a comeback to the Octagon – to raise money for a little boy with cerebral palsy.
In January, Ryan The Bull Copland, from Alnwick, said he was taking time away from battle after destroying rival Nathan Court at Made4Thecage 8: Impact.
But now, the 28-year-old bruiser is gearing up for action once again – although this time it is for a very different reason all together.
The MMA hard man is going up against Enzo Parente in February to raise money for youngster Nathan Main, from Ashington, who can not walk or talk.
A fund, called Nathan’s Needs, has been set up to help his family raise £13,000; about the cost of a through-floor lift which he desperately needs to help him access his bedroom and bathroom safely.
Copland said: “The retirement is coming to an end and all my money for the fight will be going to help Nathan.
“Enzo has offered his ticket commission to the cause and given that he will be travelling from Edinburgh, it is a great gesture and testament to his character.”
The pair will be going head-to-head for the newly-created Nathan’s Needs Charity Belt. The bout is scheduled to take place in Ashington’s Northern Social Club, on February 23, at the Inferno Fighting Championships, which Copland helps run.
It comes on the back of a donation made for the cause by fighter Tony Robinson at a previous Inferno event.
“It was a fabulous example by Tony and hopefully we can raise a big sum of money,” said The Bull.
Anyone interested in buying tickets, or donating prizes for a raffle, should contact Copland via the Inferno FC Facebook page.