Gogglebox favorite Marcus Luther is best known for watching TV with partner Mica Ven, but the businessman has a busy life off-screen
Gogglebox fan favorite Marcus Luther has shot to fame since appearing on the hit Channel 4 show alongside his partner Mica Ven.
The pair of armchair critics have often left viewers in hysterics since they first debuted on the show in 2018, but while the couple are a familiar sight, their children have largely been kept off screen.
The couple share a son, Yash, while Mica has two daughters, Sachelle and Shuggy, from a previous relationship, who have made an appearance on the Channel 4 show in the past.
Meanwhile, Marcus has 22-year-old son Shiloh Defreitas, also from a previous relationship.
But many viewers may not know that Marcus’s son Shiloh has his own fan base separate from that of his dad’s Gogglebox fame.
Shiloh has pursued a successful career as a boxer, under the name Sugar Shy, and has appeared in fights at the O2 in London.
Shiloh has tens of thousands of followers on social media and has also posted videos of him training with dad Marcus.
Marcus is a boxing coach and gym owner, having 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.”
Marcus has overseen Shiloh’s successful boxing career, in which he’s entered the ring 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.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.