Supporting and raising funds for Cancer Research UK was Assistant Warehouse Manager, Lawrence Johnsons aim during a charity boxing match. The event took place on Sunday 5th July, located at the Millennium Hotel, Copthorne. Since Ultra White Collar Boxing was established, £1.5 million has been raised for Cancer Research UK. Lawrence was inspired to take part after the disease affected those closest to him, along with a friend’s recovery from a back injury. Lawrence’s training regime lasted eight weeks which followed strict cardio and stamina conditioning. Networks Centre has supported a range of charity events including MS-UK in the London Marathon. We spoke to Laurence about the event and how much was raised. How did you find the training regime? Before my 8 weeks started I hadn’t exercised in a long time. A part of the training involved improving my overall stamina which would be essential for the match. It was hard at times, but I definitely feel better for it! How was the match structured? In total, there were 18 fights which each team participated in. The red team won 11 matches and drew 2. We were over the moon with the result! Did you struggle at any point during the match? My first match proved the most difficult as I struggled to get into the rhythm. I almost went down in my first round but managed to recover and fight back. How much did you raise for Cancer Research UK? The amount hasn’t been finalised but so far I have raised £280. Our group has collectively raised £7,000 which builds upon the £1.5 million by Ultra White Collar Boxing. I’m grateful for everyone who has shown support and help generate crucial funds for cancer research. Do you plan to carry on boxing? Not at the moment, I’m 35 and not getting any younger. I will carry on with the training which has improved my fitness. But who knows, if another event comes up, watch this space.
Lawrence would like to thank everyone who supported him during training and the event.