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Friday, 25 July 2014

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Carlisle bare knuckle fighter to give share of earnings to hospice

A bare knuckle fighter making a name for himself has pledged to share his earnings with a Carlisle charity close to his heart.

Decca Heggie photo
Decca Heggie

Decca ‘The Machine’ Heggie was born and brought up in Harraby, Carlisle, but moved to Rugby, Warwickshire, several months ago to continue his training.

He is now preparing for his forthcoming headline match as part of Inception – a “mixed combat” fighting event – and said it is his growing success that inspired him to team up with Eden Valley Hospice.

“I’m getting pretty big in the bare knuckle world now,” Decca, 30, told the News & Star. “When I took up bare knuckle fighting, I gave myself three reasons why I wanted to do it: To create a better life for my family; for respect; and to help other people.

“I’m Carlisle born and bred and came from nothing in life. I’ve seen how people live and wanted to give something back.

“I was no angel. I had my run-ins with the police when I was a little bit younger and I started questioning myself about where I was going in my life.

“Now it has completely turned around for the better – my life has begun again now.”

Heggie only took up bare knuckle boxing about four months ago – he was an unlicensed boxer up until then – and, as his new career choice begins to reap its benefits, he has agreed to “partner” up with various charities.

He wants to work with a charity helping underprivileged people and another working with people with Down’s Syndrome.

The former North Cumbria Technology student has already set his sights on the Eden Valley Hospice though – a decision which was backed by fans on his Facebook page.

“My uncle died at the hospice,” Decca said, “and they cared for him, so this is a charity I feel very personally about.”

The chosen charities will be linked into Decca’s business and will take a percentage of everything he earns.

“It’s looking good,” he insisted. “I’ve been offered a small part in a fighting film and some close protection work. It is quite overwhelming to be honest, everything is happening at once and so fast.”

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