Catholic Club boxing club to host Army team

Catholic Club boxer Stuart Buckley

Catholic Club boxer Stuart Buckley

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IT promises to be quite a night when a band of soldiers get in the ring to take on members of a Hartlepool boxing club.

A select team from the Hartlepool Catholic Boxing Club, as well as other North-East boxers, will be taking on the army lads.

There are six bouts scheduled for the special evening at the Mayfair Centre, Seaton Carew on Thursday, November 10, just days before Remembrance Day, and all proceeds will go towards the Rifles Regiment.

The Hartlepool senior team will be made up of captain Stu Buckley and Carl Miller and they will joined by other fighters from Wellington ABC, Middlesbrough, and Barrow-in-Furness, while the army team also includes some local fighters.

The annual event promises to be a feast of entertainment with a further four junior bouts taking place – teenagers David Smith, Harry Wise, Leon Eggerton, Jack Winspear and first reserve Jamie Hall all representing their local team.

And organiser and veteran soldier Paul Allen told Sport Mail: “It will be a tough fight for sure against the proper Army Team but it will also be just as emotional besides the boxing.”

Amid a night of entertainment, which includes dinner, there will also be a local band, the Band and Bugles, performing on stage with a rendition of the Last Post.

The evening will also see serving and veteran soldiers present and Allen – himself a former member of the Rifles – will parade the following Sunday for Remembrance Day.

Donations from the event will go towards the Care for Casualties who assist the Rifles – the Rifles having endured the most casualties in Afghanistan.

Allen added: “The event wasn’t planned to tie in with Remembrance Day but as it happens it links in well, me and several other veterans and soldiers rounding off a memorable week by parading the following Sunday.”

There is a limited number of tickets available and the club have urged people not to chance their luck on the night, with the remaining few tickets expected to be snapped up quickly.

For more information contact organiser Paul Allen on 07976 270424, or alternatively you can buy tickets from a member of staff at the Catholic Boxing Club for the price of £12.

Ticket holders for the fight will be granted entry no earlier than 8.30pm.