On December 8th last, K2C/Fermoy Boxing Club held it’s first White Collar Boxing event in aid of charity. In all, approximately 25 beginner boxers stepped up in September to take on the White Collar Challenge – some with the intention of fighting on the show, others just for the training experience.
Over a 12 week period, under the supervision of coaches Paul Buttimer, Paul Griffin, Tomas Jacobs and John Bowes, the squad was trained up in boxing fundamentals including bag work, pad work, technique and sparring. Pairs of fighters were matched according to age, weight and ability and a date was set for a final showdown.
On the night there were 12 match ups ranging from total novices to fighters who boxed in their youth and some fighters from other disciplines such as Muay Thai, Karate, Taekwondo, MMA or Krav Maga trying out boxing rules for a night. All fighters wore 16oz sparring gloves and head gear and were closely monitored by both the referee and ringside medic for any discomfort or danger to their safety.
A healthy crowd of approx 200 spectators enjoyed an electric atmosphere spurred on by a live DJ and a full bar in the fantastic Commons Inn Conference Venue.
The boxer of the night (Anthony Robinson) was awarded with the Tomo Griffin Perpetual Trophy – a trophy in memory of the late Tomo Griffin (father of Paul Griffin) who also was the inspiration behind one of the charities for the event – Our Lady’s Hospice – Harold’s Cross. The other charity was Headway – a Cork-based brain injury rehabilitation association.
The climax of the show was an exhibition match between two of the coaches – Paul Buttimer & Tomas Jacobs – a fitting conclusion to a great night of pugilistic performances.
The next White Collar Boxing show is schedule for April 2013 and we are now signing up new recruits.
Train twice per week for 12 weeks with a superb team of boxing coaches to get into the shape of your life. At the end of the program, you can have the chance to be matched with somebody of similar size and experience level to fight 3 x 1.5 minute rounds with 16oz gloves and head gear. Whether you’re a total beginner, you’ve boxed for a bit when you were younger or even if you’ve been doing a different sport, White Collar Boxing is the most accessible way for people from all walks of life to experience the lime light and glory of the boxing arena.
Boxing training includes skipping, circuit training, jogging, padwork, bagwork, partner drills and sparring and all aspects of the training will challenge you physically and mentally.
If you’re interested, call down to K2C or give us a call at 021 4309693 or check us out on Facebook. We’ll give you the grand tour and help you get started. Boxing Classes are on weekday evenings, mornings, afternoons and even at the weekend so we’ve got classes to suit your schedule.