December 12 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
When Brad Robertson married his bride Hayley Jane Fuller he received many congratulations messages from family and friends.
However, one message he was not expecting to receive came by video to his mobile phone from one of the legends of the boxing game, the current undisputed world heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko.
But the 37-year-old Ukrainian, known as Dr Steelhammer, had taken time out from his busy training routine in Austria to send a message to Mr Robertson on his wedding day.
The star, who currently holds five world title belts, decided to send the couple a message because he had asked Mr Robertson’s best man, Norwich boxer Sam Sexton, to join him as his sparring partner, meaning he was unable to attend the wedding at Attleborough church on Friday (September 20).
In his video, the heavyweight jokes about the bruises he has received from his sparring sessions.
He said: “To Brad and Hayley on your wedding day, I know that Sam Sexton can’t be with you today because he is taking care of business. As you can tell from my face, he is doing really well. I wish you all the best.”
Mr Robertson said the pair had just finished sparring when Sexton mentioned to Klitschko that he had missed his mate’s wedding to attend the training camp, so the Kazakh-born boxer said “lets send him a message,” with Sexton doing the recording and sending the video to his friend, who was then at the wedding reception, via the WhatsApp messaging site.
“It was just such a hit on my phone because it was such an amazing thing to happen. I was not expecting a message from the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Mr Robertson said.
However, he revealed prior to the wedding Sexton did not want to go to the training camp and was planning to attend his former housemate’s wedding, but Mr Robertson insisted he go to Austria.
He added: “I rang him up and I said is it true about Klitschko’s training camp and he said ‘I am not going to go to Klitschko’s, I am going to got to your wedding’ and I said, ‘it is a chance of a lifetime to spar with Wladimir Klitschko.’
“In the end, he bit the bullet and I said, ‘we will always be friends no matter what. You don’t have to be my best man to be my best friend.’”
Mr Robertson, who works at the Premier Inn in Duke Street, Norwich, has been friends with Sexton since they were children growing up in the Mile Cross area of the city and attending Mile Cross Middle and Hellesdon High Schools.
They also shared a house in Bullard Road, Hellesdon, while Mr Robertson worked in the hotel industry and Sexton was a labourer for a construction company.
Indeed, Sexton made light of their friendship in his best man speech, which was read by another of the groom’s friends, Benjamin Foxcroft, recalling humourous anecdotes of their days as housemates including having to flee the house in the middle of the night after leaving a Fray Bentos pie in the grill.