Man takes to the boxing ring for first time in aid of charity

Gavin Horscroft
Gavin Horscroft

A Haverhill man, who has never boxed in his life, will be stepping into the boxing ring to raise money for charity.

Refrigeration engineer Gavin Horscroft, 45, is taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing event in Cambridge’s Guildhall on July 25.

The tournament pitches non-boxers against each other after only a few weeks’ training.

Gavin will be tackling the competition to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

“I’m petrified, to be fair,” said Gavin.

“I’m going into a ring with someone. Safety is very important. They are going to be putting us in with people of a similar weight, ability and experience.”

Gavin has been training for the event and has been running and circuit training to get in shape for the fight, which will be over three two-minute rounds.

“I’m taking it very seriously,” said Gavin. “I have to be as fit as I possibly can be when I go into the fight.

“I love boxing. I don’t really have any boxing heroes, but you’ve got to say Floyd Mayweather is a perfectionist. He is superb.

“Joe Calzaghe is excellent too, and the Klitschko brothers just ooze class.”

To take part in the event, Gavin must raise at least £50 for charity. He hopes to raise even more than that and is appealing for donations to help him on his way.

“I want to raise as much as I possibly can,” said Gavin. “It’s a professional environment and I’ll need the support.”

He added: “They ask you to come up with a boxing nickname. I think I’ll have a bit of fun with that, maybe ask people to think of one for me. Haystack Horscroft or something.”

You can sponsor Gavin on his JustGiving page, www.just giving.com/Gavin-Horscroft.

Anyone interested in participating themselves should visit www.ultrawhitecollar boxing.co.uk.