Dozens set to brawl in Preston for charity

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A total of 44 boxers will fight it out in the name of charity at a Preston nightclub tomorrow.

As part of the Ultimate White Collar Boxing event, the 44 amateur boxers will step in the ring in a bid to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and one of them, 25-year-old Jamie Oldfield, is feeling confident but nervous.

Boxers taking part in the Ultimate White Collar Boxing event at Evoque, Preston on April 19 pictured training

Boxers taking part in the Ultimate White Collar Boxing event at Evoque, Preston on April 19 pictured training

For the BAE Systems production supervisor, the fight at Evoque on Church Street, Preston, on Sunday, will be the first time he has ever stepped into the ring competitively.

“Boxing is something I have always been interested in but I’ve never taken part in anything like this,” he said.

“I just saw an advert on Facebook and because it is all for charity, I thought it would be fun to get involved.”

Jamie will be fighting fellow Prestonian, Johnathan Swift, during the 15 bout event.

And, in preparation for the event, the boxers have been completing and eight-week training programme at Oyston Mill.

“The training has been tough, but it’s been worth it,” said Jamie.

“My diet has definitely changed, I used to live off takeaways and going out boozing but I’ve had to knock all that on the head.

“I’m feeling better for it though and I’ve even lost five pounds.”

Matthew Goulden from Ultimate White Collar Boxing said: “UWCB has helped raise £1.1m already and by the end of this weekend, I’m hoping it will have gone up significantly more.

“We are hoping to run four events this year in Preston, the next one starting three weeks after this one.”

Tickets for the event, starting at 4.30pm on Sunday are still available.

Contact Andrew Sampson on 07540264725