For Richie Hardcore - a name he adopted for himself - his personal motto sums up his own story of survival: ‘Fighting Saved My Life’.
It’s a challenging motto for a young man who has found peace in the tough, punishing world of Muay Thai Boxing. A champion martial artist, Richie speaks about the issues facing young people growing up with the consequences of family relationships ruled by alcohol and violence.
A fighter he may be but Richie is an intelligent, switched on communicator, alert to the needs of a new generation raised in the shadows of fear and self-doubt. For this youthful looking man, the rigors of the ring provide a confidence to push through any obstacle to purpose and self-worth.