Ian Wright (Arsenal & England footballer) Fights Irish Golfer In Heathrow Hotel

 

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Friends became enemies for 6 vicious violent minutes in a shock fight in a hotel near Heathrow Airport, London, England.

Ian Wright, Arsenal & England footballer fought Ireland’s Tony Healy (a professional golfer) who likes to box in a 3 x 2 minute boxing match

Fri 28 March 2014 at the Thistle hotel Heathrow

 

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Both Ian Wright and Tony Healy completed an  intensive 8 week training programmes. Both fighters want a win so badly that it’s become personal.

They also want to raise money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition www.debra.org.uk

So please donate whatever you can here: www.justgiving.com/Wright-vs-Healy

Here is the 1 minute promotional video for the fight.

Video of Ian Wright & Tony Healy Preparing for the fight + Info about DEBRA

 

Here is the full fight including the  entrance, introductions, 3 x 2 minute rounds, the result & finally, Ian and Tony instantaneously becoming life-long friends once again.

Wright v Healy – the full fight

 

Fantastic night including West Side Gym Boxing Club boxers who also demonstrated fantastic skills and great respect for each other at the end of each fight.  They were all an absolute credit to their excellent coaching team:  John Holland (head coach), Barry Jones (former IBF and intercontinental Champion), Harry Holland and Joe Ackary. The work that these guys put in, week in, week out, is simply phenomenal.

Wright Hugs Healy

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Please give whatever you can to www.JustGiving.com/Wright-vs-Healy. DEBRA is a great charity. So let’s generate as much awareness of this agonising skin disorder and help to find a solution by raising as much funds as possible.

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Ian Wright v Tony Healy Enquiries

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14 Responses to Ian Wright (Arsenal & England footballer) Fights Irish Golfer In Heathrow Hotel

  1. mark wade March 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm #

    great idea, hope you raise lots of cash, – Mark DAA Executive Lounge Dublin

    • prsmith March 5, 2014 at 10:37 pm #

      Thanks Mark. Keep an eye on this post. We’ll be adding video clips, photos & comments from Ian & Tony in the build up to the fight. ~ Paul

  2. PR_Smith (@PR_Smith) March 12, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    ITV 4 showed a documentary about Ian Wright last night – it’s avaialble on the ITV player for 28 days so catch it while you can https://www.itv.com/itvpl…/ian-wright-nothing-to-something

  3. Ze March 13, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    I have booked the date in my diary. I can’t wait, what a swell fight!

    • prsmith March 18, 2014 at 7:20 am #

      Defo worth seeing

  4. Jez Lysaght March 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Great idea for a great cause, hope it raises a great deal of money and awareness. Sport doing good yet again.

    • prsmith March 18, 2014 at 7:21 am #

      Exactly & well said ‘Sport Doing Good’ – not enough credit sometimes. Spread the word.

  5. Tony Healy March 31, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Huge thanks to Paul Smith and his team (particularly the camera lady & editor, Mollie Manning-Walker) for covering the event for a great cause. What a great site Great Sportsmanship Programme
    is..

    • prsmith March 31, 2014 at 10:09 am #

      Tony, our pleasure – it was inspirational to see the fighting intensity and yet total camaraderie after all the fights – your own included. Really great stuff. Keep sharing this page link so donations will keep coming in. ~ Paul

  6. Ze April 1, 2014 at 3:01 am #

    It sounds like it was an excellent match, with a lovely atmosphere. I true event, in the spirit and celebration of sportsmanship. It was a shame I could not make it!

  7. Ze April 1, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    It sounds like it was an excellent match, with a lovely atmosphere. A true event, in the spirit and celebration of sportsmanship. It was a shame I could not make it!

  8. Minesh Links Primary School July 3, 2015 at 10:51 am #

    This is an excellent story! Although it was violent,it did help people with painful skin blisters by raising money for charity.

    • Paul Smith July 8, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      Yes Minesh, boxing is a tough sport. Surprisingly, boxers have a great tradition of showing respect for each other at the end of almost every fight – they hug each other and then go overt to the opposition coaches and shake hands after the fight.

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  1. Top 10 Sportsmanship Moments 2014 | Great Moments Of Sportsmanship - January 2, 2015

    […] Number 8 occurred when Ian Wright, former Arsenal & England footballer was caught, on camera, repeatedly punching an Irish professional golfer, Tony Healy, in the face, in a hotel in Heathrow.  It was a charity fight, back in March, – they trained intensely for 8 weeks & then had a full on, black tie, boxing evening to raise a lot of money for DEBRA – a charity supporting people with a painful skin blistering condition  GREATSPORTSMANSHIP.ORG ‘Wrighty’ is quite a character as he has since come and played for my – Tony plays for my Sunday Vets football team, Kenchels. Ian Wright & Tony Healy are close friends but they fought a gruelling 3 rounds for honour and for a very worthy cause. You can see the whole Wright v Healy fight here. […]

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