The son of a tragic Dundee man is set to walk veteran local kickboxing champion Marc Navarro to the ring in his next fight.
The Tele previously told how “one-in-a-million dad” Niki Hunter died suddenly while enjoying a day out on his quad bike with his children.
The 35-year-old, of Fintry, died following a heart attack, linked to the terminal adrenal cancer he was diagnosed with three years ago.
Now his son Ciaran is set to accompany Dundee legend Navarro to the ring when he takes on Aaron Delahunty in the main event of the inaugural Scottish Fight Series at the city’s Liquid Nightclub.
The 12-year-old will help carry Marc’s championship belts to the ring before the bout, along with his close friend Cole.
Marc, who had known Niki since the pair trained together as teenagers at Discovery Boxing Club, said he had asked the pair to walk him to the ring the day after attending Niki’s funeral.
He added: “Niki brought Ciaran along to the club about eight months ago. He always stayed to watch him train.
“On the day Niki died, we spoke on the phone around 2pm about getting his son matched on a show. Then by 4pm I found out he was dead.
“I asked his family if Ciaran walking me to the ring was something they would be happy about and they were over the moon. I know that Niki will be up there watching over us.”
Marc said that Niki’s death had been the latest in a series of tragedies to have rocked the city in recent months.
He added: “During times like these, we need to stick together as a community. We need to look out for each other and be there for each other as Dundonians.”
The Scottish Fight Series — which is promoted by Marc — takes place on February 10.
The event will involve boxing and kickboxing bouts and is billed as being Scotland versus England due to the number of opponents coming from south of the border.
In the co-main event, Dundee’s Stephen Donald will defend his featherweight title against James Basket.
People who are interested in attending the event can buy tickets from Butties 2 in Albert Street or at Navarro’s Fighting and Fitness Gym in Fairmuir Street.