Heavyweight champ helps make 11 year old boy's wish come true
NORTHPORT, Ala. —
It's not every day the Heavyweight boxing champ of the world makes your dreams come true.
The Bronze Bomber paid a visit to another fighter, who has faced his own adversity in the ring of life, that was a total surprise. Adrian "shug' Graham, 11, struggles with a life threatening immune system disorder and has endured an atypical childhood. The reigning king of the boxing ring paired up with Make-A-Wish of Alabama to give Shug the gift of a lifetime and some kind words of advice.
Shug thought it would be a normal Saturday. Shug explained, "It started out like this. My mom told me, 'we have to go to Birmingham to get a dress for grandmother'. I said ok."
Shug along with his mother, father and grandmother, spent the night in Birmingham on Friday. On Saturday morning, he took a detour to Northport to a boxing gym. Soon he realized, it was no ordinary training facility. Shug jumped inside the ring, where Deontay Wilder trains, only to hear the voice of the 6'7" heavyweight champ cheering him on ringside. "There you go Shug, keep your hands up man" said Wilder.
Shug was in awe. "It was amazing to see him," explained Shug. Wilder waved him over to the edge of the ring. "I heard you made a request with the Make-A-Wish foundation a while ago," said Wilder to Shug as he leaned on the top rung. Shug's medical condition has forced him to home school and make several trips to the doctor. The Tuscaloosa Native can relate. Wilder told ABC 33/40 at Skyy Boxing gym, ""It makes me appreciate the fight that Shug has because of my daughter."
His daughter has spina bifida. Which is why Wilder teamed up with Make-A-Wish of Alabama to share some good news with Shug. "Your wish came true," stated Wilder. "You going to go to Disney and Universal Studios," said Wilder. A smile appeared on Shug's face. "Thank you, " Shug replied.
The champ gave Shug a book about his life and what it takes to overcome struggle, for him to become a boxer too. Shug repeated some thoughtful words Wilder bestowed upon him. "Do hard work, it's all about hard work. You can't give up," stated Shug.
Wilder also donated equipment to encourage Shug to pursue his goal of being a boxer. Shug and his family will head to Orlando, Florida to visit Disney World and Universal Studios in less than two weeks.