TOMB RAIDER STUNTMAN
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[ November 23rd 2001 ]
champion Johnny Nelson is set to swap his boxing
trunks for riding breeches in a bid to win an
Olympic gold medal. He revealed his Olympic dream
on the eve of his ninth defence of the World Boxing
Organisation's cruiserweight title against Ghana's
Napoleon Tagoe at the York Hall in Bethnal Green.
34-year-old Sheffield fighter has become hooked
on equestrian sport after using his ring winnings
to buy a hulking showjumper christened Arnie,
after film star Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nelson
is being tutored by Jonathan Day, a former rider
with the Queens Guard who was a stuntman in the
film Tomb Raider.
"Jonathan believes I can go all the way. "The
Olympics? Why not? It is like my approach to winning
a boxing title - if your mind can conceive it,
your body can achieve it. I never got to the Olympics
as a boxer, so maybe I'll get there another way."
Frank Warren doesn't share Nelson's enthusiasm.
Fearing his most enduring champion may hurt himself
slipping from the saddle, Warren said: "Johnny
can take his horse on an early-morning milk round,
but jumping fences is too dangerous."