Charles Wilton has been fighting for his whole life. Abandoned by his birth parents, Charles was placed in the foster care system as an infant and abused by his caregivers. His disability was misdiagnosed many times. Doctors said he would never speak. As a child, Charles fought to be removed from special needs classrooms when school administrators didn’t understand that his disability affected his body - not his mind. At age seven, Charles was officially diagnosed with Quadriplegic Spastic Cerebral Palsy. He was adopted by this speech therapist and, with intensive therapy, was able to start using his voice to communicate. In high school, Charles found athletics and set a world record in race running. Life was still difficult. In the years following high school, Charles attempted suicide three times. He was barreling toward rock bottom when he started working out again. Training as a boxer became his priority. At a leadership workshop, Charles met Sean - who later became his manager. The two started searching for Charles’ first official fight. They set up a match in the UK and raised money to travel to the event. The fight was guaranteed as a sanctioned event - but days before the match, the organizers decided that they didn’t want to take on the liability of wheelchair boxing. Instead, they used Charles to demonstrate a training product. Charles returned home defeated and feeling like he’d been used as a “side-show.” Frustrated with all the major boxing organizations saying “no” to a fight, Charles took to social media. He connected with Jesse, another disabled boxer, and they decided to organize their own wheelchair boxing match - against each other. Charles and Jesse are fighting for something bigger than their own right to fight. They’re frustrated with how disabled people are treated and have decided to put on a demonstration to show the world just how tough they are.
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