Gogglebox couple Marcus Luther and Mica Ven have been fan favourites since they began on the show in 2018. Viewers love the pair for their playfulness and jokes, but unlike other families, the two have kept their children largely off screen.
The couple have a son together named Yash, and Mica has two daughters from a previous relationship, Sachelle and Shuggy. The two girls once made an appearance on the TV show, but you might recognise Marcus’ son Shiloh Defreitas for an entirely different reason.
Marcus’ son is a boxer with tens of thousands of followers on social media. His boxer name is Sugar Shy, and he frequently fights at the O2 Centre in London. There are videos all over his Instagram of him training with his dad.
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It’s easy to see how he got into the profession. Marcus himself is a boxer with years of experience, and founded TM Boxing Gym in 2009 to work with disadvantaged young people in their local community.
Marcus’s business website states: “The main focus of the gym was to work with disadvantaged youth from the local community. We then went on to running sessions for the general public in the evenings as interest quickly grew.
“TM Boxing then started offering morning sessions to stay at home mums and people with weight and confidence issues. We now have over 200 keep fit members, 80 youth boxers and numerous schools that educate disadvantaged youth who use our services daily.”
He has trained Shiloh for over 85 fights. Speaking to the BBC earlier this year, Marcus said: “I’m known for Gogglebox but now people will see that I’m not just about sitting on the sofa. I’m about boxing and have been for years.”
He continued: “Shy told me that he’d never let me pull him out of a fight and would rather die in the ring – but he’s my baby. He doesn’t want me to throw in the towel but am I going to sit there and watch my son potentially die in the ring? We love the sport but I’ll always choose my boy over boxing, any day of the week.”
Shiloh said that he tried going on Gogglebox once after requests from the producers, but it didn’t work out. Marcus told the BBC :“Gogglebox is not for everyone. Not everyone can ‘Goggle’. He’s too aggressive.
“Me and him just argued so I told him to sling his hook. The producers were trying to help him out but then he’d go off on one again. No Gogglebox for him, he’s a fighter.”