After 50 years with the Cwmbran Amateur Boxing Club he’s still taking a punch, even in his ninth decade
There were some very early morning tears for Good Morning Britain after boxing coach Keith Jeffries received their Local Sporting Hero award.
The 81-year-old Welshman, who still gets in the ring and takes punches as head coach at Cwmbran Amateur Boxing Club in his ninth decade, was nominated by his peers for the work he has done for the community and this morning was surprised live at his gym with the award.
After being told there had been a break-in at the club, Keith had the shock of his life as he entered the gym at around 6:50am to find it filled with his friends and family.
Surprise turned to pure emotion, as former athlete Iwan Thomas presented him with the award on behalf of all the people he has helped and he could be seen breaking down in tears live on camera.
It was all a bit much for the viewers as well.
“Feeling quite emotional for Keith on @GMB take a bow bonnie lad,” one viewer wrote, before another added: “Emotional wreck watching @GMB well done keith 81 and still going #insperational #sportingHero (sic)”
More than a few admitted to being misty eyed after watching the surprise: Emotional wreck watching @GMB well done keith 81 and still going #insperational #sportingHero (sic)
“Tears are streaming down my face watching the boxing guy Keith getting the surprise of sporting hero of the year award on @GMB #inspiration.”
Others congratulated Keith on his achievement: “Aww Keith so emotional lovely story. Well done @GMB #sportinghero xx
This viewer added: “Paying tribute to his achievements, one person wrote: A truly inspirational man is Keith Jefferies, in what he does and at 81.Im Glad he got a Sporting hero surprise.”