Anyone who steps into a boxing ring deserves the upmost respect.
For the first time these guys will be demonstrating what they have learnt over the past 12 weeks to their family and friends.
SO... what have they been through to get to this point on February 18th?
Well normally they have been a spectator at a show, and after a few drinks the words "I fancy a go at that" comes out, little do they know the person it is said to will hold them to it, so be careful what you say next week!! Its not always the case, quite often people do this to set their own personal goals, maybe looking for a new challenge, or wanting to raise money for a charity close to their heart.
We at Suffolk Punch Boxing club will hold a trial day, this is where more info is given to those who are interested.
You are then selected (or not) to continue the process, with prerequisite of:
> Committing to a minimum of 12 weeks training 4 times per week (training is free)
> Raising £350 for their chosen charity
> Selling a minimum of 25 tickets for the show
>Never boxed competitively before
After around 6 weeks we begin sparring which is where the real lessons are learnt.
Around 3 weeks before the show you are carefully matched with someone else from the camp.
Throughout the whole process you are supported by the whole team at Suffolk Punch boxing club and GFP.
Then on the big day following the medical examination you get to compete in front of over 600 people including your family & friends, followed by a pint with your opponent!
Most people who have been through our process have said it is 'one of the best things they have ever done in their life', don't get me wrong, we have tears, bruises, bloody noses, dangling nerves, but that is outweighed when the final bell 'dings'
So lets tell you about our current crop:
From left to right:
Derrie Daniels - #SSAFA
Matt Stevens - Tommys Appeal
Ben Andrews - #britishheartfoundation
Levi Benhan - #stelizabethshospice
Suranga Alwis #each
Simon Barber #clicsargent& #minduk