Ashley Cain to compete in celebrity boxing match in memory of Azaylia

Ashley Cain is fighting in Azaylia’s memory (Picture: Instagram/MrAshleyCain)

Ashley Cain has revealed he will be taking part in a celebrity boxing match to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer in memory of his late daughter Azaylia.

The former professional footballer and Ex on the Beach star, 31, will be taking on American YouTuber Andreas Eskander at the Showstar Boxing event on March 5 at the SSE Wembley.

Ashley wanted to be part of the event to raise awareness after losing his eight-month-old daughter Azaylia to a rare and aggressive form of cancer last year.

He explained: ‘It was important for me to take on this boxing challenge because my daughter fought a heroic battle against cancer on this earth for eight months. So I want to honor those eight months with eight bouts in the ring.

‘I promised that even now I will always be the best daddy I can be, I will honor her incredible time here and I will fight ’til the day I die for other children and their families who face the monster that is cancer.

‘I am fighting because my daughter had to and for all those children who are still fighting this monster. So I will fight for a cause which I am passionate about, raising awareness and funds for childhood cancer and also to show people that no matter what you are going through in this world, if you find your reason why and you’re prepared to fight for it, you can overcome and achieve anything.’

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Ashley will take on YouTuber Andreas Eskander (Picture: Showstar)

Ashley will be donating a percentage of his fee for the event to the Azaylia Foundation, for which he has completed a series of challenges in the past few months, including cycling 1100 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats in 14 days, before cycling a further 600 miles between Ben Nevis in Scotland and Snowdon in Wales while climbing three mountains in between a few days later.

The Azaylia Foundation supports UK-based children battling cancer by helping them access treatments abroad which are not available on the NHS.

    Ashley Cain and Safiyya with their daughter Azaylia Diamond Cain

Ashley Cain and Safiyya Vorajee’s baby daughter Azaylia battled a rare and aggressive cancer (Picture: PA)

Undated handout file photo of Ashley Cain and Safiyya's daughter Azaylia Diamond.  Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets for the funeral of the eight-month-old in her home town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire.  Issue date: Friday May 21, 2021. PA Photo.  The daughter of former Coventry City footballer and Ex On The Beach star Ashley Cain passed away last month after facing an aggressive form of leukaemia.  See PA story FUNERAL Cain.  Photo credit should read: Anthony Nolan/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporary illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.  Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Ashley has created the Azaylia Foundation to raise money for other children affected by cancer (Picture: PA)

Ashley and his girlfriend Safiyya Vorajee had planned to take Azaylia to Singapore for a specialized treatment, raising £1.5million for the fees and journey, but were unable to make the trip after her condition worsened.

Unlike most amateur boxing events, the Showstar Boxing bouts will see the contestants wear 12oz gloves and no headgear as they battle it out in the ring.

Other fighters on the night include KSI’s brother Deji who represents #TeamUK against arch-rival and #TeamUSA’s Alex Wassabi in the main event, while the Beta Squad’s King Kenny will square off against the Faze Clan’s Faze Temperrr.

Tickets for Showstar Boxing’s event on March 5 are available now. More information on the Azaylia Foundation is available here.

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