Jun 28 2011 By Lorna Hughes
WORRIED friends of a missing Wirral boxer today appealed for him to come home.
Welterweight and light middleweight fighter Brett Flournoy vanished after picking up a friend at the border of Devon and Cornwall on Thursday June 16.
The two men were due to pick up a friend in St Austell before travelling to Newquay but failed to book into their hotel.
Devon and Cornwall police said officers were concerned for the welfare of the 2005 ABA champion.
Friends of the dad-of-two, known as "Soul Man", have set up a page on Facebook urging him to get in touch.
They have also sent out messages on Twitter and asked sporting stars Phil Neville and David Haye to spread the word about the Bebington boxer’s disappearance.
One said: "There’s not a moment that goes by where we are all wishing Brett and Griffo would hurry up and get home.
"Bebbo’s not the same without its soul man."
Another added: "Get in touch lads... everyone just wanting to know you’re safe."
Many sent messages of support for his partner Kelly and their two young sons Reis and Callum.
A champion kickboxer in his teens, Mr Flournoy spent six years in the Royal Engineers, leaving in 2006.
He ran the Brown Cow pub, in Bebington, for two years, but in an interview admitted his boxing career had suffered because of the job.
In January last year, the 5ft 9in boxer stepped up a division to take on some of the best 11-stone fighters from across the UK in the Prizefighter tournament, finishing runner-up.
In an online profile for the knockout competition, the Liverpool FC fan said he was "trying to be a property developer" outside boxing and described himself as "laidback and casual".
Max Roy, chairman of his former club Wallasey ABC, said Mr Flournoy was a talented boxer who, after joining the Army, had returned whenever possible for sparring and training.
Mr Flournoy’s manager Steve Wood, of Manchester- based VIP Boxing, said the boxer told him earlier this year he wanted to retire from the sport.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: "Brett is known to have picked up David Griffiths, from Plymouth, in the Tamar Bridge car park at around 7pm in a white Citroen Bellingo van which had ‘Tile Style’ written in brown on both sides.
"It is thought the men then travelled to Saltash."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 08452 777 444, quoting log number 359 200611.