A FORMER world champion kickboxer has raised more than £1,000 for an inspirational young burns victim.
Ricky Nicholson, 40, came out of retirement to raise funds for little Emmy Taylor.
Emmy, five, from Flint, was left with 65 per cent burns after a fire tore through the caravan she was staying in.
The fire claimed 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.
Ricky, who won the World Super Heavyweight title in 2000, took on Shawn Kenny at Liquid Nightclub in Wrexham, but was forced to retire in the first round through an old calf muscle injury.
He said: “I had to pull out but at the end of the day the show was successful because we raised money.
“We are still collecting money but we have got well over £1,000. It goes to show that people are willing to give and donate to a good cause especially with it being a little girl – people have been so generous.”
Emmy still requires extensive treatments and probably will for the rest of her life. Her parents Ian and Laura have been raising money to help pay for these treatments in later life.
Ricky added: “It’s not surprising we had so much support – most of us have got children and you would like to think if anything happened to them and you needed support your local community would help, and in this case they have.”
On Sunday, Ricky will be joining Simon Roberts, who ran 1,000 miles in a year for Emmy, to present the Taylor family with the money they have raised.
At the Liquid fundraiser, several other fighters took to the ring.
Thomas Murray was beaten by Gavin ‘Magnet’ Davies in his first MMA full pro rules fight in more than two years.
Naomi Jones, from Holywell, beat Sian Vallerio to take the British ISKA Ladies title.
Chris ‘Trout’ Jones, from Wrexham, beat Mike Jones, while Arwel Morris defeated Malcolm Vernon.
Ian ‘Willy’ Williams beat Hayden Smith, with Lois Gaze defeating Gill Green.
In a British Title Kickboxing eliminator between Adam Brindley and Marc Evans, Evans took the win.
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