A Birmingham-based home security company has been throwing its’ weight behind a Derbyshire boxer as he fights his way back to the top after a colossal eight stone weight loss.
Protect & Serve Home Security Limited in Boldmere is sponsoring Brandon Ferguson-Eyre who made his first step back in the ring at the weekend and is now in line for a top Super Heavyweight title showdown.
Brandon – the son of MMA fighter Paul Barnett – used to fight at cruiserweight in 2013-14 averaging 13-14 stone in the ring before losing his way and his fitness.
As family life with wife Stacey and their four children took over during lockdown, the pugilist let training slide and suddenly became acutely aware that he had almost doubled his weight.
Shocked at how unfit he felt and now 26 stone, Brandon, from Burton on Trent, made the decision to start back on the fitness trail initially taking up running.
He said: “I realised 12 stone had crept up on me just by being cruel to my body by not exercising and not giving myself healthier food.
“I started running which was tough at first and people warned me with my excessive weight it might put a strain on my heart, but I pressed on gradually shedding pound after pound.”
On Saturday, Eyre stepped into the ring on the Time to Shine bill at Derby’s Roller World Arena, impressing home fans with a first-round win over Dan Edwards.
The boxer – who has shed an impressive eight stone to get himself fit again for the ring – will now face Craig Harper at the 3,000 capacity Leicester Arena in May.
Brandon’s friend and sponsor, Dave Mawson one of the senior managers at Protect and Serve, said the fighter’s performance on Saturday had been “outstanding” adding the best was yet to come.
He said: “At Protect and Serve we are all about defending our homes and Brandon certainly defending his corner before going on all-out attack to ensure he ran out a worthy winner.”
If Brandon can defeat Harper next time out he wins the right to go for a unification fight in July.