Despite being deep into a training camp abroad in preparation for Saul Canelo Alvarez on May 8, two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has taken time out from his grueling schedule to donate a sizeable amount of money to former opponent and close friend Lee Noble's fundraiser, following his untimely death last Sunday, March 21.
The Barnsley boxer sadly lost his long-lasting battle with leukaemia and died in Sheffield with his family by his side, aged just 33.
Reigning WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders is often making headlines for the wrong reasons, but his generousity knows no bounds as he has donated to charitable causes on many occasions in the past.
He fought Lee Noble in December 2009, when he was just 4-0, on the undercard of Kevin Mitchell vs Breidis Prescott event in Newcastle. Since then, the pair were good friends and Billy would visit Lee when in hospital in London receiving treatment.
Friend to both Lee and Billy, former Southern Area titlist Danny Connor is the driving force behind the campaign to raise £20k for the young family Lee Noble leaves behind. So far, as of March 25, over 300 people have rallied together to raise well over £17k in a heartwarming gesture during a time of financial uncertainty and furloughs.
An ambassador of The Amelia Mae Foundation, bighearted 'Cassius' Connor said, "Weʼre raising £20,000 to Lee Noble's kids to help them through their life without their father there to support and provide for them. We’re up to £13,700 on the appeal, I’d be confident of the £20,000 by Friday! Please keep retweeting and donating or even put a little post/message yourself with the RT."
Promoter Eddie Hearn praised Danny for his kind efforts, tweeting: "Well done for setting this up Danny."
Frank Warren also donated a substantial amount towards the cause.
You can too by clicking here and giving whatever you can afford: Lee Noble Just Giving Page
Support Danny Connor's campaign on Twitter by following him here: @cassius_connor
Read tributes to brave Lee HERE