Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Christie: Like My Uncle Errol, I'm a Fighter. and I'll Do All I Can to Keep My Fulham Spot

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Christie: Like My Uncle Errol, I'm a Fighter. and I'll Do All I Can to Keep My Fulham Spot

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

CYRUS CHRISTIE comes from a famous boxing family and he wants to help win his fight to prove himself at Fulham by landing a knockout blow on Arsenal this weekend.

The defender has a famous uncle in Errol Christie, the former European middleweight champion who was a star of British boxing in the 1980s and joined Muhammad Ali for a publicity shoot after he made it into the Guinness Book of Records for winning 10 amateur titles.

Lloyd, the former British light-welterweight champion, is another uncle, and his brother, Christian Flynn, trains at Tyson Fury's gym in Bolton.

Christie was a talented boxer growing up in the Midlands and was encouraged to continue his training in the ring before he decided to focus on football.

That has proved a good decision but the influence of boxing and his uncle, Errol, has helped him on his journey from non-League football to the Premier League. Errol passed away last year, aged 54, after battling lung cancer, but he remains an inspiration to Christie.

"Boxing was the main sport for us growing up," says the 26-year-old. "I used to do a lot of the training. They wanted me to carry on but it clashed with football, so I stopped. I went the opposite way to everyone else and chose football. My uncle had a massive influence on me. He came from a tough background and managed to get himself out of it, stay out of trouble and make a success of himself. And not just in terms of his boxing career but the way he fought racism and violence."

Christie started his career at Coventry and had loan spells at Nuneaton and Hinckley before he moved to Derby. During his time at Pride Park he picked up boxing training again and worked with Anthony Joshua's performance coach Jamie Reynolds. His training in the ring continued at Middlesbrough but boxing has taken a back seat at Fulham, where his main focus has been his fight to prove himself to Slavisa Jokanovic. …

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