Paul was on the verge of the big money fights and unification battles with the worlds best, when his career was ended that faithful night in the steel City. He had claimed the IBF title when he dethroned Manuel Madina in November 1999. His only loss before then had been to Naseem Hamed when he surrendered his WBO strap to the Prince.
Anyone who would like to attend the benefit dinner and support Paul or to make a contribution, please see the poster at the top of this article for details and contact information for the organisers and for tickets.
Thankyou for the memories Paul, true British boxing warrior if ever there was one!