Through a tragic quirk of fate, Mark Prince has become the ‘accidental’ figurehead and one of Britain’s most high-profile spokespeople in the fight against knife and gun crime in the United Kingdom.
Homeless at 15, two children by 22 and on the road to imprisonment after a life of criminal activity, Mark found his escape through boxing.
Fast forward another two years and with a new focus on hard work and training, he turned professional and signed a five year contract with legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren in 1995.
Twenty fights, nineteen victories and fifteen knockouts later, his career included two international belts crowning him light heavyweight WBO/IBF Inter-Continental Champion and a bruising, single loss in a World Title light-heavyweight fight.
Prince was on the cusp of superstardom when a terrible knee injury prevented him from fighting.
And yet his biggest challenge was yet to come.
In 2006 his son Kiyan, a promising, talented young footballer signed to Queens Park Rangers Football Club, was fatally stabbed outside his school in North London.
It marked the start of a journey and a commitment to use Kiyan’s legacy to help inspire, challenge and re-educate the youth embroiled in the downward spiral into urban violence.
Mark’s success in boxing had been built on his core strengths of being a natural fighter and being able to bounce back positively from adversity; as well as the ability to commit to a regime requiring huge personal effort. It equipped him with the resilient attributes needed to turn his huge personal tragedy into the catalyst for establishing the Kiyan Prince Foundation.
To highlight his cause Mark Prince decided to get back in the ring and fight for it.
He has been training his body and mind to the point where he is in supreme condition to fight competitively again.
At 44 years old and with twelve years out of the ring this has been no mean feat. Eighteen months of physical devotion and hard work to get his body ready as well as overcoming the knee injury that ended his career the first time.
Mark has been a champion in the ring before and has shown he’s also a champion against life’s opponents overcoming the setbacks and trauma, would you bet against him?
2013 has already seen him spar with WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly, British Prize Fighter champion, Wadi Camacho and top young prospect Frank Buglioni. His first professional fight took place in October at London’s York Hall…..
Return Of The Prince tells his story
1 x 30 minute Documentary – HD
Return of the Prince