Tyson Fury: Tribute to Ricky Jordan
Tyson Fury made a Grand Hotel entrance to pay tribute to Ricky Jordan a former amateur boxer who sadly left us after an illness. The evening raised funds for worldwide Boxing charity ‘WBC Cares UK’ who are dedicated to making a real positive difference to the lives of the UK’s younger generation, their families and their communities.
Interviewed on stage by former British professional boxer Scott Welch (chairman WBC Cares UK) – Tyson Fury addressed the assembled packed audience with an honest speech about his own career. It was often heartfelt, sharing his down times and struggles to an audience who were completely enthralled by his integrity. This was not the arrogance often associated with current Boxing World Champions, but an honest assessment of himself. Few would doubt Tyson as a boxer after his ‘against the odds’ draw with Deontay Wilder in December 2018, many believing he won the fight. Now no one in the room doubted him as a person.
Tributes & Entertainment
Frank Bruno unable to attend the event, presented a special video tribute on the night, played to the seated diners, gaining much applause. Bruno is becoming a firm favourite in the Comicus office. Having supported two recent charity initiatives including ‘Street Elite’ run by The Change Foundation.
Ricky’s best friend Ned made a lovely short speech reminiscing about a holiday the two had shared. While Steve Darby kept proceedings moving which included fundraising auctions, speeches and introductions.
The evening was packed with musical entertainment in the shape of James ‘Arg’ Argent band who after a warm up session, got everyone up to sing Tyson Fury’s theme song ‘American Pie.’ Arg being rather nervous as he only knew the first verse, which was the only part needed as the crowd took the vocal roof off, having been inspired by Tyson Fury’s words.
Sandwiched in between this musical jamboree was comedian Ian Irving keeping everyone amused before the dance floor once was again packed to the sounds of ‘Souled Out.’ One of the most popular party bands in the country, showing a variety of music and vocals provided by three singers, keyboards, drums and a 3-piece brass section giving strong support to the musical numbers.
Dancing to ‘Souled Out’
The event was put together by Steve Darby, Jenna Freeman with support from the Jordan family, determined all should enjoy themselves but also to remember Ricky. Comicus Ltd providing much of the entertainment on view.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.