Take a ringside seat for Football for Cancer in Portsmouth

The Football for Cancer boxers

The Football for Cancer boxers

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IN JUST a week’s time 18 normal blokes are going to be fighting it out in the ring.

The organisers of Football For Cancer have managed to persuade the men to pull on their boxing gloves for the first time in their lives – all for a good cause.

It requires months and months of really tough training and every single one of them is dedicated and giving 100 per cent

Craig Anstey

For the past six months the first-time pugilists have been training non-stop for what is set to be one of the most exciting nights of their lives.

Craig Anstey is one of organisers.

The 38-year-old said: ‘This is a massive challenge for the lads.

‘Some have never even been near a set of boxing gloves before.

‘It’s not just a boxing match – it requires months and months of really tough training and every single one of them is dedicated and giving 100 per cent.

‘And it’s a mental challenge too.

‘We have such a mix of people taking part in this event – and all ages.

‘There were some who were not in the best of shape but they all had one thing in common – they were willing to put themselves on the line for this great cause.’

The participants have been training at Ballys Boxing Gym in Milton, alongside professionals.

Craig added: ‘We’ve been able to get inside the ring, which has been brilliant training.’

Over the past eight years Football for Cancer, set up by well-known Portsmouth DJ Ray Ogilvie, has raised more than £250,000 for local good causes.

It is now a grant-giving charity in its own right and has been helping out across the area.

For the Fighting for Cancer event at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth, it will share the proceeds with the charity Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation.

It was a boxing event the charity held earlier this year that inspired the Football for Cancer event.

It takes place on November 7 and the 1,000-seater venue is expected to sell out so supporters are being urged to buy tickets soon. Ringside seats cost £40, stands are £20.

Go to ffcevents.com.

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