A crowdfunding initiative has been launched in hopes of funding a statue of a Nottingham boxing legend.

William Abdnego Thompson was a British bare knuckle boxer renowned for his rise to fame after defeating numerous opponents in the 19th century.

It is hoped that the Sneinton star will be immortalised in a statue in Trinity Square if enough money is raised in the crowdfunding initiative.

Chairman of the Bendigo Memorial Fund, Ryan Walker-Drain, said: “We wanted the new statue of Bendigo to be placed in Trinity Square since Bendigo used to live in Trinity Walk, which is less than a few seconds away.”

Bendigo, who was born in 1811, established himself as a boxer after spending many years in hard labour to provide for his mother and siblings.

His story of rags to riches has made a lasting impression on audiences around the world and has gained famous fans such as Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote a poem for the boxer entitled Bendy’s Sermon.

The plans to erect a statue for Bendigo is still in its early planning stages as the Nottingham City Council have not yet been formally approached.

Portrait of Bendigo in his boxing days
Portrait of Bendigo in his boxing days

There is a current statue of Bendigo in Nottingham, however it is described as ‘damaged and weathered’.

The new statue, which it is hoped will be made out of bronze, is expected to last much longer but is estimated to cost at least £60,000.

The Bendigo Memorial fund group got together yesterday (Sunday February 7) to clean his tomb at St Mary’s Cemetery in Sneinton.

If you would like more information on the Bendigo Memorial Fund, visit their group page here.