A GROUP of amateur cage fighters from South Tyneside will be battling it out to raise cash for scores of charities.
The white collar event will be held at the Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, South Shields, tomorrow night.
It should be a really good night and we’re hoping to raise lots of cash for charityFighter Jon ‘Husky’ Powell
The 16 men, most who have some background in boxing or Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), will be paired off with each other for three, two-minute rounds.
For the last eight weeks the men have been trained by professional fighter James Mulheron, at the Powerhouse Gym in North Street, South Shields.
Mr Mulheron, from South Shields, was the British and European MMA heavyweight champion, but lost his title at the weekend after breaking his leg during a fight at Rainton Meadows Arena.
Fighter Jon “Husky” Powell said: “I think the anticipation is running quite high at the moment.
“We find out tonight who we will be fighting in the octagon tomorrow. We’ve all been training with each other for the last eight weeks, and there’s lads ranging from 10 stone through to 18 stone, so a big range. We will be matched on our weights and abilities, but it’s still a bit nerve wracking.”
Each of the fighters have picked a charity that they would like the evening’s proceeds to go to.
They include the Autism Society, Help For Heroes and the Great North Air Ambulance, plus many more.
Mr Powell, 37, from South Shields, said: “It should be a really good night and we’re hoping to raise lots of cash for charity.
“We would like to say thanks to James for giving up his time to train us, and also to Powerhouse, who have let us use their facilities for free.”
Ticket cost £25 and people can also pay on the door.