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Boxing match set to honour memory of young dad.

Byline: Andy Passant Reporter

A CHARITY boxing event will be held in memory of a young dad who died after a night out to celebrate his baby son's birth.

Keen boxing fan Benjamin Bolsenbroek - known as Benji to family and friends - was assaulted during a large-scale disturbance at the Park Hotel on Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough last month.

Mr Bolsenbroek, 23, who lived with his girlfriend, Georgina McGuire, and their days-old baby son, Kianey, had been out celebrating with family and friends to wet the baby's head.

He was taken to his mother's nearby home in Linthorpe but complained of feeling unwell and was taken to James Cook University Hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.

Just days earlier he had spoken on Facebook of his joy at being a dad, saying he "couldn't be happier".

His girlfriend said she took comfort from the fact that "he got to witness our perfect son enter the world".

A fundraising night has now been organised in Mr Bolsenbroek's memory and to raise money for his family.

The night of boxing, Pride and Respect for Benji, will be held at Eston Leisure Centre on Saturday, December 14.

It is being organised by Tony "Robbo" Robinson in association with the European Boxing Federation.

Tony said: "It is in memory of Benji, a mark of respect. I knew him very, very well. I grew up with his two older brothers, Tom and Cain.

"He was down to earth, just one of the lads. He was always at every boxing show. He was just a very, very well-liked lad."

Tony, 36, from Linthorpe, said they hoped the community would pull together and make it a memorable night.

He said: "We just hope people buy tickets to raise money for a good cause."

He said members of Mr Bolsenbroek's family would be attending. All proceeds will go towards the family.

Standard tickets for the event, priced PS30, are available from Tony on 07899 940230 or any of the boxers on the bill.

Doors open at 6.30pm, with the first fight at 7.30pm.

An after party will be held at Spensley's Emporium from 11pm.

Cleveland Police are continuing their investigation into Benji's unexplained death.

A police spokeswoman said: "Forensic inquiries are still ongoing."

Police identified 62 customers who were in the Park Hotel at the time of the disturbance.

Of these, 14 people were arrested and bailed pending further investigation.


Floral tributes left to Benji on Linthorpe Road, Middles-brough, in the wake of his death

Benji Bolsenbroek died after a disturbance at the Park Hotel in Middlesbrough last month. He had been out celebrating the birth of his son CLEVELAND POLICE

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2013
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