Peaky Blinders-era themed charity boxing event coming to Leicester

By Ollie Churm

A 1920s-themed white-collar boxing event hosted by Challenge Charity Boxing will make its way to Leicester on Saturday, November 10.

Challenge Charity Boxing’s 1920s Fight Night, which is taking place at Morningside Arena, will feature more than just boxing bouts, with burlesque dancers, a live band, a gin bar and a casino all set to appear.

The event which will go on from 5:45pm to 11:30pm for standard ticket holders and is raising money for Rainbows, which is the only hospice in the East Midlands for children and young people. It provides specialist care to children and young people with life limiting or life-threatening conditions and provides support to their families and friends.

Nathan Leverton, director at Challenge Charity Boxing and Head Coach at Leicester Shootfighters Academy, says they couldn’t have found a better charity and is determined to raise as much money as possible for them.

Mr Leverton said, “I committed to raising them money as soon as I first went there because the work they do for the children there is amazing. If there’s anything the kids haven’t done in their life they try to make it happen, even just little things such as going on a swing.

“As I was leaving on the first time I visited, I said to them I want to raise you 50 grand and in the first 6 months we’ve already raised about £20,000 through the two events we’ve already held.”

Mr Leverton expects to raise a further £10,000 in the upcoming event and expects about 1,000 people to be in attendance on the night.

“We wanted to do it for a local charity and help out local families that not only use Rainbows, but who might come and train here at Shootfighters,” he said.

There are 44 boxers, all of different skill levels who will have received 8 weeks free boxing training before competing in the 1920s-themed event.

shootfighters pic

“We’ve got a big mix of people, from people who have never thrown a punch before to people who have had a few other amateur fights,” said Mr Leverton.

“We chose the 1920s theme because we like people to keep coming to the event and if you make it the same every time you may not get that, so we thought we’d add something different this time.”

Standard tickets are £20 if bought in advance or £30 on the night and can be bought online from www.ccbleicester.co.uk

There is a smart dress code meaning a shirt, tie and smart shoes minimum for men. And, evening dress or smart trousers and blouse for women. Strictly no jeans, trainers, T-shirts, sports or lounge wear.

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