FLORENCE, MISS– Josh Sexton took home the title of “Champion” from the Ignite Sports Camp wrestling match Friday night at Twin Lakes in Florence, for more than one reason.
Josh, just eight years old, has battled osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. A championship wrestling match at Ignite Sports Camp, lead by Heart of David Ministries, showcased just how much of a fighter Josh really is. Josh was no spectator, jumping into the ring to pin one of the wrestlers to become the champion:
Josh told News Mississippi that wrestling is just one of his favorite things.
“I like sports,” said Josh. “And singing, and track!”
Being the champion was a pretty awesome feeling, Josh said, and he pulled his inspiration from another man who dominates in the ring.
“John Cena,” Josh said. “He’s my favorite wrestler.”
John Cena sent a message to Josh, thanking him for being a fan and such a strong fighter himself:
The little champion was stunned by the message.
“John Cena!” said Josh. “That was awesome!”
Josh also received an official belt from the WWE, one that he was proud to show off.
“That’s my heavyweight champion belt!” he said.
The eight year old is no stranger to fighting outside of the ring, and he said he had a message for anyone else who is fighting something in their life.
“Never, ever give up,” said Josh.
Heart of David Ministries founder Chris Kellum said he and former WWE pro-wrestler Ted DiBiase Jr., another founder of the ministry, could not resist making this night happen for Josh. DiBiase is seen presenting Josh with the belt in the video above.
“This idea of doing a wrestling show,” said Kellum. “We had to do it. We had to do it. He’s such an inspiration to us, to everyone. We wanted it to be his night.”
You can find out more about Josh and his cancer journey on Facebook.