A Nescot teacher who has never boxed before will fight at a charity event next month to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Gavin Maxwell, section leader for Performing Arts, is mid-way through an intensive eight-week group training programme with Ultra White Collar Boxing ready for his bout in Reading on November 7.
The event, which raises money through donations, ticket sales, and raffles and auctions held on the night, sees fights decided through round-by-round point scoring and by knockout.
“The more you train the more you realise you need to train, because there’s so many different elements to boxing. It’s all worth it though, because it’s for a great cause.”
A fan of boxers Ricky Hatton and ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, he is training three times a week at Gods of War Gym in Reading, mixing interval training with boxing technique and strength work.
He decided to support Cancer Research UK in support of loved ones who had been affected by the disease, and will be supported at the fight next month by his wife, extended family, friends and colleagues.
“The thing I’m most worried about is getting knocked out, because I’m going to have my family there and I don’t want them to see that,” Gavin said.
“In terms of the match, I’m going to train as well as I can and then do the best job I can manage on the night. I don’t mind if I win or lose, as long as I raise a lot of money.
“Cancer affects so many people in so many ways, whether they are diagnosed themselves or they’re caring for someone who has been, so I just wanted to help Cancer Research UK as much as I can.”
Ultra White Collar Boxing is a way for people with no experience in boxing to learn the sport in a safe environment and for a good cause.
After eight weeks of training with professionals, including former boxers, entrants are paired with someone of their approximate build and weight for a competitive match of three rounds.
To sponsor Gavin, visit www.justgiving.com/gavin-maxwell23