Mark Potter, who challenged for the British Heavyweight title against Danny Williams in 2000, has tragically passed away following a battle with stomach cancer.
In a six year career beginning from 1997, the London-born fighter won 21 from 26 and graced the rings in Wembley Arena and York Hall many times. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with an aggressive stomach cancer that had spread to his spine. He was given just 18 months to live.
Potter, 47, delivered some unforgettable nights for British fight fans, not least his thrilling title challenge against Williams. The fight is still replayed to this day and is remembered by fans for the moment Williams – one-armed due to a dislocated shoulder – managed to knock Potter out.
Tributes and well wishes to the former fighter came from the British boxing community, including Eddie Hearn, Frank Warren, and Audley Harrison. Warren, who promoted the heavyweight’s British title effort, commended his bravery in the face of diagnosis.
“Mark was a great fighter and an even bigger character who was involved in many entertaining fights over the years. He was an extremely popular face around the fight scene. particularly in the London area. Mark was as brave as they come. But sadly, he succumbed to the opponent that abides by and respects no rules at all.
We send out heartfelt sympathies to Mark’s family and friends. We will honour his memory and pay tribute to him next weekend with the traditional ten bells at the O2 Arena in London. A city where he enjoyed many great nights and lived his life to the full.
Mark was a fighter to the end and never stopped punching. May he rest in peace.”
Boxing Social send their condolences to Mark’s family, daughters Sam and Rosie, and his friends – and we thank him for the nights under the lights.