A top football agent from Kings Langley has raised an incredible £7,150 after competing in a white-collar boxing match at Watford Leisure Centre for the national social mobility charity Leadership Through Sport & Business (LTSB).
Unique Sports Management (USM) director Barry Whelan, 35, who is based at the agency’s headquarters in Kings Langley, put it all on the line Saturday, July 14 and produced a dominant display winning his bout on points.
He received an overwhelming amount of support pre-fight with well-wishes coming in from star-studded sports personalities such as heavyweight champion of the world Anthony Joshua and USM clients including Chelsea FC legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and QPR defender Alex Baptiste, who were there ringside.
Whelan, who dedicated 16 weeks of tireless training in preparation for the fight, said: “LTSB is a charity very close to the USM family. Together we’re delighted to have raised over £7,000, which will make a difference to underprivileged young people on the programme, giving them a real chance at fulfilling their dreams.”
LTSB gives disadvantaged young people across the UK access to careers in accounting and finance through apprenticeships into blue chip companies, such as EY, Deloitte, The Macquarie Group and Barclays.
He added: “The charity really resonates with USM, as there’s a lot of synergy between the two organisations – we both guide and secure better futures for the talented people we look after.
“I cannot thank everybody who donated enough, the night itself was a terrific experience for myself and for everyone who came to support. USM is proud to be associated to such a unique charity.”
Deputy CEO of LTSB, Pete Ward, who also attended the event, said: “Barry gave everything he had in the ring and did LTSB very proud. The amount he raised is a fantastic achievement and will help us continue to give our young people the opportunities they deserve.
“Our partnership with USM has been brilliant so far and we look forward to a long-lasting relationship with them.”
Post-match, funds are still being raised. You can donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ltsb-boxing
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