Boxers pack a punch as they help raise thousands for a Hartlepool charity

The packed audience at the charity boxing event.
The packed audience at the charity boxing event.
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Big-hearted boxers got into the ring to raise thousands of pounds for a Hartlepool charity.

And today, officials at the town cause Miles for Men paid tribute to the 24 competitors who came to town and put their gloves up for a worthy cause.

All the boxers together.

All the boxers together.

Boxers from as far as Bishop Auckland and Ferryhill took part and brought huge contingencies of supporters with them.

Miles for Men promotions manager Kevin Hill said: “They descended on the workingmens club in King Oswy Drive Hartlepool on Friday evening to raise funds for the Miles for Men charity.

“Some 11 fights took place and one ladies fight featuring Angela Burnside and Kelly Hogan.

“The event was a total sellout, raising £2,200 for the charity.”

It was such an amazing night and the support was second to none, once again showing that the charity is going from strength to strength

Kevin Hill, promotions manager for Miles for Men

The evening’s highlights also included a collection for youngsters Leyton Anderson, four, from Hartlepool, and Mason Campion, five, from County Durham who are both battling cancer.

The collection raised £600 which will be shared between the boys.

Kevin said the event was “such an amazing night and once again showing that the charity is going from strength to strength.”

The night’s highlights included former England ABA fighter Glen Wharton, from Bishop Auckland, who came into the ring from a 12-year absence and won against a resolute Peter Campion from Hartlepool.

Peter Campion and Glen Wharton get ready for their bout.

Peter Campion and Glen Wharton get ready for their bout.

Mason could not attend the night because of ill health, but Leyton and his family were there to watch all the action.

They praised the work of Miles for Men as “second to none”.

There was praise for Miles for Men founder Michael Day who was applauded for touching so many lives.

Kevin said the charity’s focus was now on the “main event of the year” which was the Miles for Men run on July 31.

Kevin Hill, left, and Michael Day from Miles for Men with Hartlepool youngster Leyton Anderson at the charity boxing event.

Kevin Hill, left, and Michael Day from Miles for Men with Hartlepool youngster Leyton Anderson at the charity boxing event.

For the first time, it will be joined by the Walk for Women and there will also be a free music festival.

This year’s event is at The Domes in Seaton Carew and includes the Miles for Men 5k run at 1pm; the 5k Walk for Women at about 1.15pm; and the music festival from 1.30pm to 9pm.

Registration is now open at www.milesformen.co.uk