Cruiserweight Mark Little has spoken at his pride of being backed by hordes of West Ham fans that are coming to watch him fight next month in Brentwood.
Little is a season ticket holder at the East End club and has found new fame amongst ‘Hammers’ for his down to earth attitude and die-hard passion for the Irons.
And the Goodwin fighter admits it’s still surreal to have the support he does from his fellow football fans.
“It’s unreal, literally incredible and so surreal to have the backing from the club I love. I’d never thought this would happen.
“I’ve been going for years, I first went with my nan when I was 6. She had a season ticket in the Bobby Moore stand.
“I’ve ha a season ticket for years, I’d never give it up. It’s my relief from boxing. Nothing compares to moments I’ve had down there.
“Like beating Manchester Utd for the last game at Upton Park, amazing. Seeing someone like Mark Noble, Mr West Ham out there.
“Everyone says it but it’s more than a club, we’re one big family. Everyone knows the passion Hammers have – we’re one of a kind.”
Things have been going so well, Little has also linked up with inspirational charity DT38 Foundation, something he admits is one of the highlights of his career.
The DT38 Foundation – named after West Ham academy youngster Dylan Tombides who passed away due to testicular cancer at the age of 20 – was set up by the club in 2015.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Dylan’s family. I’ve always wanted to do something for charity and it’s a great fit,” he said.
“What better way to raise awareness for testicular cancer than team up with an incredible charity. Tracy – Dylan’s mum is an incredible person, so strong, an amazing lady.
“The charity is really doing well, I had met a few times and raised some money and this year it just came up about working together closely.
“I’d do anything to help raise awareness and if I can use my backing from football fans – who are largely male then it’s the very least I could do.
“Just being asked was an honour, an absolute honour, I’d advise everyone reading this to check them out.”
Mark can be found on twitter as @MarkLittle2 and the great work done by Dylan Tombides Foundation can be seen as @DylanTombides.
(Top image source and credit: Mark Little Twitter)