A member of Nescot staff is raising money for charity in a boxing match in Carshalton this month.
Dean Rider, an IT technician, is taking part in Ultra White Collar Boxing, an intensive eight-week training programme followed by a bout at Westcroft Leisure Centre on March 19.
The event raises money for Cancer Research UK through donations, ticket sales and raffles, with fights on the night decided by point scoring on three two-minute rounds and by knockout.
“The training’s been going well, but I’m pretty nervous for the fight itself,” said Dean, 28, who has worked at Nescot since 2014.
“I wanted to fundraise for Cancer Research UK because it’s an amazing charity. I know so many people who’ve been affected by cancer, so I want to support the work towards better treatment and a cure.”
Dean, who lives in Kent, travels to Croydon for training twice a week, with sessions comprising high-intensity interval training, boxing technique and sparring.
Five years ago Dean was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, a lifelong condition that causes inflammation of the digestive system, and said the resulting complications had made it harder for him to exercise.
“The training is much tougher than I expected, so it’s been a bit of a shock to the system and made me realise how unfit I am,” he added.
“I’m doing everything I can to eat right and train well, and making small changes to my lifestyle is making me feel much healthier.
“Hopefully all the hard work pays off on the night, but I don’t really care whether I win or lose as long as I raise as much money as possible for Cancer Research UK.”
Ultra White Collar Boxing is aimed to be a way for people with no experience in boxing to learn the sport in a safe environment while raising money for a good cause.
After eight weeks of training with professionals, including former fighters, entrants are paired with someone of their approximate build and weight for a competitive match of three rounds.
To sponsor Dean, visit www.justgiving.com/deanrider