HARTLEPOOL’S Ceremonial Mayor will swap the council chamber for a boxing ring as he bids to raise money for charity.
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher has teamed up with Hartlepool cancer charity Miles for Men to host the Friday Night Fight Night fundraising event.
The event takes place at the Borough Hall on the Headland on Friday, April 10, with the first bout scheduled for 7pm.
Coun Akers-Belcher said: “The Miles for Men charity held a similar event previously in the town which proved successful so we have decided to put on another show to raise money for charity.
“The bouts will be between local non-boxing people and it should be a fun and entertaining evening.”
The evening will consist of 10 bouts, each featuring three one minute rounds, to raise money for the Mayor’s nominated charities - The Great North Air Ambulance, Hartlepool & District Hospice, Miles for Men and RNLI.
Over the last three years, the Mayor has raised more than £100,000 for charity and hopes lacing up his gloves will raise even more.
He added: “I’ve never boxed before but my training is going well and I’m certainly looking forward to it.
“I’m training with the Gus Robinson stable, which has a long and proud tradition for boxing in Hartlepool, so there’s no excuse for me not to be in the best possible shape when ‘Fight Night’ arrives.”
Since being founded three years ago, Miles for Men has raised more than £125,000 for charity.
Micky Day, the charity’s founder, said: “The event presents an opportunity to raise vital money for four extremely worthy causes.
“The event will be properly marshalled and hopefully there’ll be a great atmosphere.”
The Mayor’s opponent will be announced in the coming days, while the special guest will be Hartlepool’s own Savannah Marshall, Britain’s first female world boxing champion.
Tickets cost £10, with VIP tickets at £20, which include a reserved seat at a table, wine and waiter service.
For standard tickets, call (01429) 890000 and for VIP tickets, call Kevin Hill on 07904 976666.