Portsmouth residents urged to get fit by boxing and raise money for Cancer Research UK

PEOPLE are being offered the chance to take to the boxing ring in the name of charity.

By Neil Fatkin
Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 10:22 am
Updated Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:23 pm
Pictured:   Contestants at a previous Ultra White Collar Boxing event.

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Pictured: Contestants at a previous Ultra White Collar Boxing event. UWCB/Ultra White Collar Boxing

Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) has already built an impressive record in Portsmouth raising more than £169,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Now UWCB has announced it will be staging an event at the Mountbatten Centre on July 24 as part of a target to raise £1m and is inviting people to get fit and take part in the event.

Participants who sign up will be given eight weeks of free gym-based training under the guidance of experienced coaches before taking part in a bout in front of hundreds of their friends, family, and colleagues.

Competitors are asked to raise a minimum of £50 for Cancer Research UK as well as selling tickets for the event.

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As well as raising life-saving funds, preparing for a bout can lead to improved health with many competitors losing weight, eating more healthily and reporting being ‘fitter than at any other time in their life’.

Head of UWCB, Jon Leonard said: ‘I would say to anyone in Portsmouth thinking of taking part to give it a go - it’s an excellent opportunity to take up a new challenge after the end of lockdown.

‘Everyone is welcome. The bonds which are formed amongst our competitors are incredible with many people who would never have met in everyday life forming lifelong friendships.’

The bouts are open to anyone aged over 18 with competitors matched in their training groups with someone of similar ability. Each bout consists of three two minute rounds.

The oldest person to take part in a bout was 70.

So far UWBC has raised over £20 million for Cancer Research UK, with more than 160,000 people from all walks of life taking part – most stepping into a boxing ring for the very first time.

Simon Ledsham, director of fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: ‘The success of Ultra Events and the £22m raised so far is phenomenal.

‘We are so grateful to the organisers behind each event, every person that signs up to take part and the generosity of their friends and family who sponsor them.

‘Together they are helping to fund our pioneering research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

‘The truth is, Covid has slowed us down but we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow.

Gym-based training sessions for the event begin in the week commencing May 31.

Go to the UWCB website to find out more information and to register for the event.

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