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Predicting pain: Crook 'psychic' boxes wrestling champ for charity
A SELF-professed ghost hunting psychic may need divine intervention when he steps into the ring with a British heavyweight wrestling champion to raise money for charity.
Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard, who is best known for picking the winners of reality TV shows, hopes to survive three three-minute rounds in the ring with Scottish hardman Kid Fite, all in aid of three good causes.
The man, dubbed the Simon Cowell of the psychic world, who describes himself as 5’7” and stocky but of “reasonable fitness for a 41-year-old”, said he was “really nervous”.
“When we were talking about it, I was feeling OK. But now I’ve started training and Kid has sent me a few messages, I’m really nervous.
“It’s a huge ask but to get through three rounds but I’ll certainly be trying my best.
“We all love an underdog and I’m certainly that.”
Asked to pick winner, he said: “I think it will be the hot favourite.
“I’m taking it very seriously – bearing in mind what I’ve got in front of me, I think I have to.”
Kid Fite, whose real name is Ross Watson, is the owner of Premier British Wrestling.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to doing this event for such a great cause.
“It will be my first ever boxing match and although Dean is putting together a great night, I don’t think for one second he should think I am going to be taking this lightly.”
Mr Maynard, from Crook, County Durham, came up with the idea after watching the film Rocky III, in which wrestler Hulk Hogan fights Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky.
He is now training three times a week at Willington’s Spectrum leisure centre and plans to up that to five as the bout draws closer.
The event will be held at Rainton Meadows Arena, near Houghton-le-Spring, Wearside, on Saturday, April 5.
As well as the boxing, there will be live music, a disco and a hot buffet. Doors open at 7pm and the entertainment runs until midnight.
Tickets are £20, with £6 from each split between The Prince’s Trust, Gladmiral and The Sophie Lancaster Foundation. To book, call 0191-584-8630.
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