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Boxers prepare to fight for cancer patients at Romford charity show

PUBLISHED: 16:22 14 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 14 March 2017

Joel Longhurst and Ian Higgs.

Joel Longhurst and Ian Higgs.

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Boxing is one of those sports we all like to think we could be good at with a bit of training as we imagine ourselves knocking people out left, right and centre.

The reality couldn’t be further from the truth as it is one the most difficult and gruelling sports to master – trust me I’d know after trying out for myself earlier this year.

Next month a group of Havering volunteers will be lacing up their boots and donning the 16 oz gloves but their motivation won’t be to knock someone out. They’re trying to raise as much money as possible for charity.

The event, organised by Ultra White Collar Boxing (UWCB), will be held at Fiction Nightclub, in South Street, Romford, on April 2, and so far the group has raised nearly £5,000 for Cancer Research UK.

One of the competitors on the night will be 27-year-old Joel Longhurst, from Collier Row, who wants to give something back after recovering from testicular cancer last year.

“One of my good friends did this for me last year. I watched him do it and when I got better and got the all clear it was the first thing I signed up for. I got loads of money from people doing sponsorships so I wanted to give something back.

“I also want to lose a bit of weight because I had loads of takeaways and beers once I got the all clear.

“The fitness is the hardest thing at the start because I didn’t do much for a few years.

“It’s difficult but very rewarding – I’ve lost a stone and a half and feel good about doing it.

“It’s one of the toughest sports in the world but the lads here are all great.”

Ian Higgs, 40, wants to support Cancer Research UK after his father-in-law passed away before he could see his daughter get married.

“It’s quite close to home for me. Eight months before we married he passed away and didn’t get to walk her down the aisle.”

Ian will be fighting at heavyweight and, despite his reservations, is looking forward to boxing for charity.

“I’m getting a little nervous but it depends who I’m up against because I’m a heavy weight but it should be fun. If I lose I lose if I win I win but it’s for a good cause.”

Tickets: http://bit.ly/2mp4nHq.

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