A BOXER who lost his career after serving jail time is setting up free boxing sessions for mental health support.

Louis Robinson, from Cutnall Green, was on the verge of a professional boxing career when he was sentenced to six years for causing grievous bodily harm.

Jail time gave him time to reflect and the 32-year-old is now putting on free sessions for people with mental health issues who want support.

Mr Robinson said: "Jail changed me for the better and now I channel everything into this and love helping others as much as I can.

"When I was in prison I started to train people and enjoyed seeing people progress and helping people.

"Mental health is a very big thing at the moment, people are not frightened to speak out about it like they used to be.

"I wanted to put on sessions for people who are suffering so they know they can meet like-minded people and know they can talk about it without being judged or embarrassed.

"Going to jail massively opened my eyes and made me appreciate life and appreciate my family.

"It's nice to give something back."

Mr Robinson says he regrets punching and kicking another man in Droitwich High Street in 2016.

"To be fair I could have gone into jail three years ago and I could have sulked but I wanted to prove everyone wrong.

"I thought that when I came out I wanted to hit the ground running.

"I missed out on the opportunity to go professional but thought I am not just going to go there and let that be the end or come out like a no hoper." 

Mr Robinson's probation officer has suggested he visits jails to speak to prisoners about how going to jail is not the end of your life.

He has offered free boxing sessions to a boy who was being bullied and over Christmas arranged to take food, clothing and sleeping bags to the homeless.

People can just turn up on Saturdays at 11am to train and have a coffee afterwards at Razor Robinson Boxing in Physique Fitness on Berry Hill Industrial Estate.