Harborough businessmen are entering the boxing ring to raise money for deserving causes.
Nine fighters from Harborough are participating in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event to raise funds for charity.
The bouts take place at Club Republic in Sandacre Street, Leicester, between 4pm-9pm on Sunday, August 25.
The participants are James Longley, Mark Burrows, Shaun Flynn, Max Harris, Fran Finnemore, Alan Cook, Mark Budge, Chris Wallace and Laurie Angus.
Each man is participating in an intensive eight-week training programme to get them in shape before they fight in three two-minute rounds.
Their opponents will be announced at a weigh-in later today (Saturday).
And some of the businessmen-cum-fighters got the chance to pick-up some excellent tips last week during a training session in Leicester when the city’s famous ‘Boxing Binman’ Rendall Munroe popped along to pass on advice.
Munroe, the reigning WBA International Super Bantamweight champion, met with Lawrie, Fran, Alan, James and the two Marks.
The 33-year-old fighter is a former holder of the European and Commonwealth super bantamweight titles and his dayjob as a binman led to his jaunty moniker.
One of the Harborough businessmen taking part is James Longley (36), the managing director of Northampton Road firm Utility Bidder. Earlier this year he took part in a training programme that culminated in a boxing challenge.
“Before my first fight I was very nervous – particularly in the week leading up to it,” he said. “I kept wondering why I had put myself in this position.”
However after his winning bout, James was keen to return to the ring.
James has the support of partner Sally Martin who said “At first I didn’t think that James would go through with it. However, after I saw his first fight I knew that he would be able to complete this challenge. I am fully behind him and am supporting him all the way.”
Anyone wishing to sponsor James, who is hoping to raise £3,000 for Cancer Research UK, can visit the website www.justgiving.com/Harboroughboxing.
James will also be holding a raffle on the night to further boost his charity total, with prizes including dinner for two at The Ritz in London and two top theatre tickets.
Story by Alex Blackwell
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