A RIPON boxing team won a Battle of the Roses fight last Friday night to help raise about £3,000 for the NSPCC.
The team from Wolseley UK beat a Blackpool team 4 - 1 with one draw in the white collar boxing event in front of a sell-out audience at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool.
“It was an absolutely fantastic night. Everyone did very, very well in their fights,” said team organiser Gavin Makewell, who won his bout on points despite being knocked down in the first round.
The team was made up of Wolseley staff Gavin, Simon Watt, Paul Johns and Denise Smith, along with Ben Hawkings and Darren Redford.
Wolseley staff member Lee Shannon was originally going to be a member of the Ripon team, and trained with them, but fought for the Lancashire team as they were one short.
Gavin, Simon, Denise and Ben won their bouts, with Simon stopping his opponent with a knock-out in the third round, while Lee and Paul drew their bout against each other.
The only Ripon loss on the night was Darren Redford, whose fight was stopped in the third round.
But Darren fought an opponent who was two stone heavier than himself “so he did extremely well to do what he did,” said Gavin.
He added: “Thanks to everyone from Ripon for coming across and supporting us – the 50 people who came from Ripon out-shouted the 350 people from Lancashire so they did us proud as well.”
Gavin also thanked all their sponsors, including Wolseley UK and Sue Nattrass at Howden’s for sponsoring the kit and Chris I’Anson of The Matrix for sponsoring the team T-shirts.
Last but not least, he thanked his wife Roo for all her hard-work, including helping with the training and filming on the night, and Saun Easey for doing a wonderful job as the corner man.
l A similar event is being planned for next July. Those interested in taking part should contact Gavin in January on 01765 694451.