Boxers line up for charity bash

Pictured (left to right) are Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald
Pictured (left to right) are Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald

KIND-HEARTED boxers have joined forces to take part in a charity night in aid of cancer research.

The event at the Borough Hall, in Hartlepool, will see 10 town fighters help raise funds for Miles for Men, which is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK.

This summer’s Miles for Men event saw hundreds of men of all ages run, walk or jog a three-mile route with all proceeds going to the national cancer charity.

The total amount raised is still being totted up but to help boost the coffers further, a boxing night featuring a mix of novice fighters and former amateur champions has been arranged.

Fighters including Ian Cooper, Craig Denton, Ste Hart, John T Kelly, Kevin Bennett, Jeff Wool, Paul Robinson, Kyle McDermott and Stuart McDonald are all set to take part in the charity fight event on Sunday, November 18, at the Borough Hall.

They will be taking on boxers from the Manchester and Portsmouth area and organisers are billing it as a north v south contest with a trophy up for grabs.

It could be the first of many similar events.

Doors open at 1pm and the first fight is expected to take place mid-afternoon.

Miles for Men was the brainchild of Hartlepool dad-of-three Michael Day in memory of his dad Michael Senior, who died after a battle with throat cancer.

It was hailed a huge success and is expected to have raised thousands to help fight the disease, with the money going to support Cancer Research UK.

Now Michael, 39, of Innes Road, has helped organise the boxing night.

He said: “We are all really looking forward to it and we are hoping it could be the first of many events.

“It started off as an idea and it has just snowballed from there.

“There is a lot of support and I would just encourage people to come along and help raise money for a good cause.”

Miles for Men saw men and children of all ages whose lives had been touched by the disease walk, run or jog the three-mile route from Maritime Avenue, in Hartlepool, to Seaton Carew Cricket Club.

They were enthusiastically cheered on by their wives, family and passers-by who turned out to support them.

Some taking part were even in the middle of their own battles with cancer.

Tickets for the boxing night are £25 and they will be available from the end of this week.

Atkinson Print, in Church Street, will be selling the tickets.

Alternatively call the Miles for Men direct line on 07447 309436 or Michael Day on 07403 329145 for more information