A BOXING match will be held in memory of a man who died last year.

The sold-out fundraising event is set to celebrate 22-year-old Jordan Collett's life, as it comes up to almost a year since he died in Southampton General Hospital on November 11.

More than 400 people have bought tickets for the memorial night at Testlands Hub, Southampton, for Jordan, who was "like a big brother" to his elder sister's sons Luke, 14, and Dylan, 11.

Prior to his death, Jordan trained for six months at Southampton-based Golden Ring Boxing Club, which is where all proceeds raised on the night will be donated.

During the boxing show, which takes place this Friday, Jordan's friends will be showcasing their boxing skills.

Organiser of the boxing event Eugene Mcmanus said: "Fourteen of Jordan's friends who have been training for months will be having boxing matches against each other, and we will be raising a toast to Jordan. It sold out in 48 hours which is testament to the popularity of Jordan. It is only right to continue to do things in Jordan's memory and as he was an ex-member of Golden Ring, it is very relevant to him and his family to raise money for them.

"Through the generosity of local businessmen who have sponsored the bouts, and through raffle prizes including a signed pair of Manny Pacquiao gloves, we are on target to reaching £10,000 - a fantastic amount in Jordan's name. We appreciate the support and want to give special thanks to Stuart Gill, who is trustee of Golden Ring who has put on the bouts.

In January, more than 30 people played a football match at the Sports Centre in Southampton to keep his memory alive.

Another football match will be held at Mansel Park on the day before the anniversary of Jordan's death, on Sunday November 10, and will be open for anyone to attend.

An inquest in February heard that Jordan was drinking with his dad after a Saints game before heading to a house party, where he continued drinking and consumed cocaine and a painkiller prescribed to patients in their final weeks of life.

His father Paul Collett said: "Jordan and I were very close. I'm still coming to terms with it as it comes up to a year of his passing, it feels like yesterday and it's still very raw. We were the best of friends. He wasn't just my son - we did everything together when he wasn't with his girlfriend or friends, including watching football and socialising.

"We had season tickets for St Mary's stadium as we are both Saints fans and it took me a while to go back there to watch them, as I was used to him being there with me. I've only just started going back. He was such a bubbly character and everyone just loved him. Nobody had a bad word against him.

After Jordan died, his friends raised £14,000 for his funeral which was attended by 600 people.

Paul added: "We still have a shrine with his ashes at home and every photo of him we put in the shrine. He is smiling in each photo. He only ever moaned when he had the slightest crease in his shirt or trousers or the slightest mark on his trainers. He was so vain.

"Before Jordan passed, he was heavily into boxing training and was due to take an amateur fight, but he hurt his knee and I stopped him boxing. My two grandsons are now following in Jordan's footsteps. He was like a big brother to them. He was such a happy guy. We miss him so much."

The boxing show in memory of Jordan Collett runs from 7pm to 11pm, with doors opening at 6pm.