Gloves are off for South Shields white-collar fight night

FIGHT NIGHT ... Nigel Oxman is to hold a white collar boxing show to raise funds for Cancer Connections.
FIGHT NIGHT ... Nigel Oxman is to hold a white collar boxing show to raise funds for Cancer Connections.

FEISTY do-gooders are being encouraged to throw their weight behind a charity boxing event.

The Fight For Your Cause 2 white-collar boxing event will take place at Hedworth Hall, South Shields, on September 26.

Organiser Nigel Oxman has been running amateur charity boxing events for five years, and has helped to raise about £100,000 for a range causes.

He said: “It’s a great opportunity for people to raise money for charity and it’s all a good laugh.

“No one will get hurt and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to get trained by professional boxing coaches.”

There are four places for people to sign up to take part in the event to raise money for a charity of their choice.

Mr Oxman said that the chosen charity at the event is Cancer Connections, however people can opt to fundraise for other causes.

Last year £17,000 was raised for the South Shields-based charity.

“The events are always a sell-out,” said Mr Oxman, who is organising the event alongside co-promoter David Sharpe.

“It’s more about the entertainment than the boxing.” Mr Oxman has eight people signed up to take part in Fight For Your Cause 2, and is looking for another four to get involved.

There are three women set to fight, and he is hoping one more will get involved to allow two female matches to take place.

The ladies will fight three, one-minute rounds and men will fight three two-minute rounds.

White-collar boxing is a form of boxing in which men and women who have no prior boxing experience, train to fight at special events.

The event is sponsored by Richmond Taxis and training will be given at Harton & Westoe Boxing Club.

Mr Oxman said no one will be injured on the night, as all competitors will be provided with 16oz boxing gloves, and there will be medics and paramedics present on the night.

Anyone who is interested in taking part in the event should contact Mr Oxman on 07947 147 337, e-mail or sear Nig Oxman on Facebook.

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