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“I never wanted to be a champion,” says Lane in his post of why he took up boxing at Far Cotton ABC in Northampton just before his 15th birthday.

“I just didn’t want to be bullied.”

The post ends with: ‘Never ever give up . . . Anything is possible’ – and Lane says his story is inspiring others.

He told Boxing Social: “I have a lot of messages from people who are in trouble.

“They say they can relate to me and that my story has given them a bit of belief and confidence.

“I was a shy kid with a lisp, always being bullied, always picked last for the football teams at school and now here I am, the Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion!

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