The White Collar Fight Club
Tamer Sonay, a Senior Public Health Engineer in our London office, took on the ultimate challenge when he joined combat experts Gymbox and Team Tieu for The White Collar Fight Club in aid of NSPCC.
Raising money for the NSPCC, a charity working hard to prevent child abuse, I joined 50 contestants to work alongside the UK’s very best fighters and trainers to train harder than ever before and face an opponent within the boxing ring.
I have been into boxing on and off over the last few years but I never really trained hard enough to take my skills to the next level as I was only doing it for fun. However, when you take on a challenge like this, you have no option but to improve yourself and push your limits.
Ultimately, I took this on to get fitter and to incorporate boxing as part of my lifestyle.
White Collar boxing means that you do not have any prior experience within professional fighting and requires physical improvement in terms of strength, stamina, discipline and concentration, as well as being able to control your mindset, your tiredness and learning to pay attention to what you are doing in the ring. These were all part of my training.
The organisation matches each boxer with someone who has the same level of experience and weight range as you. There are some who are more experienced than others, such as those who have taken part in these fights before, but then there are some who have never worn boxing gloves until now.
We had trainers watching and assessing our levels before deciding who fought who, and with over 2,000 people attending on the night, the pressure was on. As I entered the ring, my entry music started playing and the audience were cheering my name – it was like nothing I have ever felt before. By the time my opponent came into the ring, I was totally zoned out, and the three rounds turned out to be the longest 8 minutes of my life.
As well as being slightly taller and 6kg heavier than me, my opponent’s speed and long range wasn’t something I had anticipated and sadly, victory wasn’t mine. However, regardless of the outcome, the challenge I set myself had already made me a winner and it was one experience I would definitely do again.
These events do not offer prizes for the winners of each match but each participant is awarded a medal for taking part and there is a small cash sum awarded to the person who raised the most money for the NSPCC. I raised £880 but, in total, all the contestants and organisers raised over £20,000 towards this leading children’s charity which is fighting to end child abuse in the UK.
I am immensely proud to have been a part of the whole experience and cannot thank everyone enough for coming out to support me on the night – it was a superb organisation and a great venue.
To make a donation to the NSPCC, please visit their website by clicking here.