The Lowdown on White Collar Boxing | Heroes for 6 Minutes
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Lifelong boxing fan Liam Anderson is about to make the exciting transition from follower to fighter, in Britain’s fastest growing contact sport white collar boxing.

White Collar Boxing is a form of gloved combat in which men and women in white-collar professions train to fight at special events.

The dad-of-three has been training with a group of around 25 first-time fighters at a camp in Coventry led by Hatton Elite Trainer Robbie Owen.

We caught up with Liam this week to see how preparations are going ahead of his big bash.

What is White Collar Boxing and how did you get to hear about it?

There’s some background here and I heard about heroes for 6 minutes boxing www.heroesfor6.com  this particular organisation through a friend of mine, who decided to take on the challenge earlier this year after his mum sadly passed away from cancer. He was brave to do so, but said the experience was incredible. I was at a point where I needed some focus outside of work, and wanted to lose a few pounds and get fit, as well as having a desire to raise as much money as possible for this amazing cause (Help For Heroes ) so I decided to go for it.

How has training been going for your upcoming H46 debut? Has it been harder than you imagined it would be?

The training has been hard but not surprising given how closely I’ve followed the sport. It’s been intense but there is a core group of us who spur each other on and offer support. That’s been a major positive, the camaraderie when training is tough and we are all exhausted and running on empty. That’s when you push through and keep going.

Why are you going through all this strenuous effort for one night in the ring?

For the charity, to say I’ve done it and to enjoy the experience, and because I needed to get back in shape, which isn’t easy with children, work and the many other things I have to balance – like most parents.

 

Do you know who your opponent is yet? How does match-making work in H46?

We have the weigh-in on 1st March 2017 , three days before the fight – that’s when we will find out who our opponents are, subject to weight and ability.

Is the family fully behind your venture?

My family and friends have been a great support, and a good friend of mine is taking on the challenge with me. I’ve raised more than £1,100 including ticket sales so far and would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me for their generosity. A lot of people think I’m mad for doing this, and I’m expecting to take a few lumps, but that’s all part of the game.

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What strengths and weaknesses have emerged during your training regime?

My stamina and footwork have not faded as much as expected, considering I’m hurtling towards middle age. Weaknesses: I’m not going to list them in case my opponent is reading this but I appear to have forgotten how to skip – surprising as I’ve two daughters! – and must remember to keep my hands up. Robbie and his team have given us the confidence to improve and grow, forcing home the message that defending ourselves is just as important as anything we do offensively – they’ve been brilliant to work with.

There are concerns over white collar boxing being unlicenced and unregulated. Does this worry you at all?

H46 is a thoroughly professional and respected outfit, I wouldn’t have got involved had I any concerns. And the amount of money they’ve raised for Help For Heroes UK over £100,000 is amazing

Will this bout you are having next month be the end of your boxing career? Or if you really enjoy it might you consider having another contest or two?

I’ll probably only have the one contest given my age, but it’s certainly given me the buzz to carry on with the boxing training as it’s like no other sport. For me it’s the best sport on earth.

Finally, a message for your opponent?

Whoever it is, the group of us are now firm friends and will leave it all in the ring. Win or lose I’ll be happy to get through it, to say I’ve achieved something special and raised money for the charity. Let’s get ready to rumble!

FACTS ABOUT WHITE COLLAR BOXING

1 White-collar boxing has its beginnings at Gleason’s Gym in New York City in 1988. The first contest was held between Dr Richard Novak, an attorney, and Dr David Lawrence, who held a Phd in English Literature.After the contest the two gentlemen went to dinner to celebrate the birth of a new sport. Since then White Collar Boxing has been the fastest growing corporate contact sport in the world.

2 At all White Collar Boxing events participants wear protective head gear and gloves. There are also paramedics and a doctor at all events to ensure the highest level of safety possible.

3 Competitors are matched based on size and ability and show organisers across the UK strictly adhere to the guidelines set out by Heroes for 6 Minutes.

4 Boxers are expected to commit to eight weeks training – which are led by ex-professional boxers and trainers – and make as many of the 16 sessions as possible.

5 Weigh-ins are held approximately 3 days before each event. Boxers are required to attend the weigh-in to find out who they are fighting and have face-off photos done.

6 The minimum age required to compete is 18. Everyone who wishes to attend the events must also be over 18.

7 Boxers are asked to provide 16oz gloves, hand wraps and a gum shield for training. H46 will provide vests, shorts, gloves and headguards on the event night.

8 Events are glamorous black tie and fighters are made to feel like superstars on the night, with walk-on music included.

9 Boxers are paired with opponents from the same training camp.