Frank Warren spoke for talksport about his shocking experience that happened in 1989. Warren, who is a boxing promoter and manager, was shot and lost half his lungs on that occasion. Yet he managed to survive Warren said: “It hurt!
It made me jump! “It was a surreal moment, it’s not something you were expecting to happen. “I was just getting out of my car in Barking, Colin McMillan was fighting there. I was getting out the car and I heard a bang.
I thought it was a car backfiring. “I looked around and I’ve seen somebody standing there holding a gun." At that moment, he thought it was a joke and the situation seemed unreal “First of all I thought it was a joke, I was looking around and I thought, ‘What’s all this about?’ “I could see him shaking a bit, then there was a click and I realised there was another bang and I felt pain in my side.
“What had happened, it had gone in my chest and I was standing at an angle and thankfully it went through my lung – and I lost half a lung – and came out. At that moment, John Buttress appeared and jumped on the person who was shooting “A friend of mine, a barrister called John Buttress, he went, ‘What the — are you doing?’ And he jumped on him."
“I didn’t realise, I suddenly felt this gurgling in my throat and because obviously the blood through my lungs had got into my throat. “And then I was losing my breath, I went down on one knee and then I remember my late uncle Bob coming out and my brother Robert.
“They were standing over me, they were helping me and they said, ‘Get a doctor, get a doctor.’
The ambulance appeared immediately
After that, an ambulance appeared and he was automatically transferred to the hospital “At every show we have doctors and the Boxing Board of Control’s doctor came out.
I remember him saying, ‘Have you got a hankerchief?’ “I said, ‘Yeah,’ and he said, ‘Hold it on.’ “At the time the ambulances were all on strike so the next minute they bundled me into the back of a police van."
“They done like a 16-point turn up the curbs and everything." “And they drove me off to the hospital and that was it”. Asked if he knows who did it he said: “Yeah, I do now. I didn’t know then but I do know now, yeah.
“You get lunatics, don’t you? The Pope got shot, Ronald Reagan got shot. It happens, doesn’t it? It just happens. “You find a lunatic and actually an incompetent lunatic at that.