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Ricky comes out fighting for Flint burns victim

Published date: 22 April 2014 |
Published by: Owen Evans 
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A FORMER kickboxing world champion is returning to the ring to raise money for an inspirational young burns victim.

Ricky Nicholson, 40, is coming out of retirement for little Emmy Taylor, from Flint, who was nearly killed in a caravan fire.

Emmy, four, was left with 65 per cent burns after a horrific fire tore through the caravan, claiming the lives of her grandfather and uncle.

Robert Taylor, 58, and his son Andrew, 26, were killed when a coiled extension lead sparked the blaze in 2011.

Her grandmother rescued her from the flames but Emmy was left fighting for her life for more than five months, and has endured more than 60 operations in the years of recovery.

She still requires extensive treatments – and probably will for the rest of her life.

Ricky, from Flint, is hoping to raise more than £1,000 to bolster her treatment fund.

He said: “Emmy’s a remarkable young lady. It was touch and go when the accident happened and she is undertaking rehab still but she is always smiling.

“She’s a real fighter.

“I work as a fire service watch manager and anything to do with people that are injured in fires I take a great concern over. Her story struck a chord with me.”

The fundraising bout will take place at the Liquid nightclub in Wrexham on Sunday, May 18, when Ricky will go toe-to-toe with Polish giant Lukasz Krupadziorow.

It’s a rematch of a charity kickboxing match which Ricky lost last year, which raised money for Evie’s Dream, a charity set up to raise the £50,000 operation needed to help five-year-old Evie Lou, who has cerebral palsy, walk.

Ricky, who retired from professional kickboxing in 2002, added: “I’m having this fight purely to raise funds for a truly remarkable cause.

“Emmy’s such a brave little girl who deserves all the support and help she can get.”

Ricky, who now works as a firefighter at Capenhurst Nuclear Power Station near Ellesmere Port, won the World Super Heavyweight Champion title in 2000.

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