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HEAVEN SENT

Like many sisters, Lisa McClellan was tormented by her brother when she was growing up. But their relationship changed. When Gerald McClellan became a boxing world champion, she watched with pride. And when he was almost killed by the same sport, she dedicated her entire life to him. Chris Walker reports

LISA McCLELLAN HER STORY BOXING

SELFLESS: Since McClellan returned to America following his defeat to Benn in 1995, Lisa has been alongside her brother
Photo: ACTION IMAGES/REUTERS/TEDDY BLACKBURN

IT’S moving day for Lisa McClellan. Denver is waiting for her and younger brother, Gerald. “I’m going to be closer to my children and grandchildren,” she reports with obvious glee. “It’s going to be so amazing to have these people in my life so much more than what I’ve been used to.”

It’s been 24 years since “GMan” and Nigel Benn took onlookers on a barbaric ride that changed lives forever. Benn’s mesmerising and unlikely victory in February 1995 was darkly overshadowed as McClellan was rushed four miles from the London Arena ring to the Royal London Hospital where he underwent brain surgery to remove a blood clot. He would spend weeks in a coma, fighting an opponent far more devastating than any of the names on his illustrious ledger. As death hovered over the boxer, McClellan’s family gathered in Freeport, Illinois, to watch delayed coverage of the fight. It was in the days before smartphones delivered news and communication in an instant.

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DeGALE RETIRES – The history-making super-middleweight hangs up his gloves THE EXODUS – Hearn and Warren on why Britain’s best are heading to America MR PRESIDENT – Sulaiman on the daily challenges of running the famous WBC MUCH, MUCH MORE – Including the moving story of Lisa and Gerald McClellan