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BOXING OPPORTUNITY: Watford residents encouraged to sign up to free charity event

 Published on: 1st May 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Anyone in Watford looking to get fit after the lockdown and raise money for charity is being offered a chance to take up boxing for the first time.

Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB) the organisation behind the fundraising effort, has already built an impressive record in the town, raising more than £338,000 for Cancer Research UK.

UWCB has set a target of raising £1 million for the charity in July 2021 and is inviting people in Watford to join in with an event at Watford Leisure Centre on July 10.

Participants are given eight weeks of gym-based training from May 17 under the guidance of experienced coaches before taking part in a bout in front of hundreds of their friends, family, and colleagues.

Jon Leonard, who heads up Ultra White Collar Boxing, said UWCB has faced a challenging year and his greatest sadness has been the inability to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

He said: “All our fundraising efforts are down to the incredible people who take part and put in eight weeks of hard work to achieve their goal.

“I would say to anyone in Watford thinking of taking part to give it a go – it is an excellent opportunity to take up a new challenge after the end of lockdown.

World Champion boxer Tyson Fury was so impressed with the efforts of one young man who took part to help him combat his mental health issues he sent him a personal video wishing him luck in his contest.

Simon Ledsham, Director of Fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: “The success of Ultra Events and the £22m raised so far is phenomenal.

“We are so grateful to the organisers behind each event, every person that signs up to take part and the generosity of their friends and family who sponsor them.

“The truth is, COVID-19 has slowed us down.  But we will never stop and we are absolutely determined to continue to create better cancer treatments for tomorrow.

Anyone interested in taking up the UWCB challenge in Watford can visit

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