A Nescot teacher has raised hundreds of pounds for charity in his first-ever boxing match.
“Even the training was really hard, and if wasn’t for the fact I was raising money for charity I might have given up,” said Gavin.
“However hard you train, there’s not much that can prepare you for being in a ring with someone trying to hit you as hard as they can. I had a good start but I started flagging towards the end.
“I’m pretty pleased with how I did overall and I’m glad I didn’t get knocked out, but more than anything I’m proud to have raised what I have for Cancer Research UK.
“I know it’ll go towards a really worthwhile piece of work that could change lives, so me doing a bit of boxing for a few months is a tiny price to pay.”
Gavin signed up for the event with Ultra White Collar Boxing, an eight-week intensive group training programme that sees competitors matched into pairs for the fights.
A fan of boxers Ricky Hatton and ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, he trained three times a week at Gods of War gym in Reading, mixing interval training with strength work and boxing technique.
The programme raises money through donations, ticket sales and raffles and auctions on the night, and saw 16 fights on Saturday decided through round-by-round point scoring and by knockout.
Gavin was supported on the night by relatives, friends, colleagues and students, and praised his family for their support.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time training when I could have been with my family, so I’m really grateful to them for understanding,” he added.
“Going three rounds has also given me a new respect for boxers – the commitment it takes, the technique and the cardiovascular fitness is phenomenal.
“It’s definitely given me the fitness bug, but I don’t think I’ll be stepping back into the ring any time soon.”
You can still sponsor Gavin by visiting www.justgiving.com/gavin-maxwell23