Heavyweight boxing legend Frank Bruno being treated in hospital

FRANK BRUNO has been treated in hospital after contracting pneumonia.

The boxing legend, 57, was in Horton General Hospital in Banbury, with the shock news revealed by his agent on Twitter and Instagram.

Dave Davies posted on Bruno’s social media accounts: “Just to advise as we are getting calls. Frank has contracted Pneumonia.


“We must say a big thank you to the staff of The Horton General hospital, in Banbury who have treated him.

“He now needs a few weeks rest.”

Bruno boxed between 1982 and 1996, famously winning the WBC world heavyweight title on September 2, 1995.

It was his fourth shot at boxing’s big time, after losing title fights to Tim Witherspoon, Mike Tyson and fellow Brit Lennox Lewis.

He defeated American Oliver McCall over 12 rounds to finally realise his boxing dreams.

But it was a short-lived reign.

He was stopped in the third round of his first defence against the brutal Tyson.

This was his final ever fight after being advised to quit due to an eye injury received.

He ended his career with 40 wins from 45 fights, including 38 by way of KO.

Since the news broke, it has led to an outpouring of well-wishes on social media.

Lee Nut posted: “Get well soon champ”, while Tom Davis wrote that “thoughts are with him”.

Gary Willis wrote that it was “not good” news before adding “get well soon”.

Others labelled the Hammersmith-born ex-boxer “a legend”, a “true hero” and a “lovely man”.

SunSport reported last year how Bruno received an honorary doctorate from Bournemouth University.

The legendary boxer said at the time that he hoped the award is for his work with mental health issues as well for his success in the boxing ring.

Bruno suffered with mental health problems after he retired from boxing.

Speaking after he picked up his award, the former WBC heavyweight champion said: “This honour, I would like to think, its not only for my achievements in boxing.

“But also in recognition of the work and the constant battle I’m trying to fight on behalf of the sufferers and carers of sufferers who have experienced this terrible curse of mental health.

“I am honoured more than I can truly express in these few words and I thank the people that put me forward and voted for me to get this honour.

“Since I retired over 20 years, I have been blessed by the way the British public have continued to hold me in high esteem.”

He recently attended Chris Eubank Jr’s stunning points win against James DeGale at London’s O2 Arena.