A Scottish care home resident who was a keen boxer in his youth has taken to the ring with a former world champion to realise his dream of having ‘one last sparring session’. 

Chris Gibson, a resident at Renaissance Care’s Jesmond Home in Aberdeen, went toe-to-toe with professional boxer Lee McAllister. 

McAllister, nicknamed the Aberdeen Assassin, has 19 professional titles including six world titles during his illustrious career. He now owns and operates Assassin Health and Fitness Village in Bridge of Don.

Gibson’s passion for boxing was sparked by his father, a showman at a travelling carnival, who operated a boxing stall where Chris first got a taste for the sport.  

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He boxed competitively in his early twenties, although self admittedly to varying degrees of success, entering competitions held by the Gordon Highlanders Territorial Army. Chris estimates that he last entered the ring in 1968 before hanging up his gloves for the next 55 years. 

The 88-year-old names Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano and Mike Tyson among some of his favourite fighters, admiring them for their “fair fighting style”. 

Speaking before the session with McAllister, Gibson said: “I can’t wait to slip the gloves back on and get in the ring. It’s been over fifty years since I’ve done any real boxing, but I still feel the call of it! I’m so glad the staff at Jesmond were able to make my dream become a reality. 

“Lee better watch out – I intend on winning this time!” 

The Herald: Lee McAllister (left) and Chris Gibson (right)Lee McAllister (left) and Chris Gibson (right) (Image: Anthony @ GM10Photo)

McAllister said: "It's great to be able to give Chris the opportunity to lace up the gloves and get into the ring one last time. Memories like these can't be taken away. 

“At Assassins Health and Fitness Village, we try to support everyone and anyone to get involved, regardless of level of fitness or ability. Well done to Chris for getting involved!” 

Dawn Gardiner, manager at Renaissance Care’s Jesmond Home, said: “The quality of care is a given at Renaissance Care. While health and wellbeing are priorities, we understand that we are much more than just a care provider.   

“We strive to ensure our residents truly feel at home in Jesmond, supporting them to enjoy their golden years however they chose - even if that is going toe-to-toe with a pro boxer at 88! 

“Our staff work tirelessly to make sure residents are enjoying themselves and engaging in meaningful activities that are important to them.”