White collar boxers ready for Leeds Royal Armouries bout

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A novice boxer from Leeds will step into the ring for the first time as part of a white collar fight night at the Royal Armouries.

Michael Hunter, 36, from Halton, has been training for his bout to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

The boxing night is aimed at men with desk jobs who have little fighting experience, and each challenger will contest three two-minute rounds.

Michael, a patient administrator at the private Spire Hospital, will make his debut in the ring in November.

“I’ve never done any boxing before but it’s something I’ve always wanted to have a go at and I’m excited about taking on a new challenge. I’m nervous about the fight but I know that nearly all the participants will be amateurs also and it’s for a great cause.”

The event, which is being organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing, gives amateurs the chance to perform in front of a live audience at an event with all the adrenaline-fuelled excitement of a major professional bout.

Michael has begun an eight-week intense training programme at Bad Company gym in Leeds to prepare for the fight, which will take place on November 19 at the museum.

The fitness fanatic has previously taken part in a Tough Mudder race in aid of Help for Heroes. His fundraising target is £500 and he can be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/fundraising/michael-hunter1980.

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