Staffordshire Police officers, together with members of their Stoke-on-Trent based Blue Glove Boxing Academy (BGBA), are to step into the ring in a 15 bout contest that will raise much needed funds for a Staffordshire based national charity.
And organisers have announced that ‘Premium’ tickets for the event, dubbed ‘Battle of the Badges’, are to be made available to the business community, allowing them access to one of the most anticipated events in amateur sport.
The contest will take place at the Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1HP, on Saturday 28th March, with doors opening at 6:30pm.
All profits from the night will be donated to Caudwell Children, the charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families.
Colin Gay, from BGBA, believes that it will be a wonderful night. He said: “This is a great opportunity for local businesses to experience a remarkable exhibition of boxing. Professional boxers who have attended similar events that we’ve organised have remarked on the quality and technical ability of the boxers. The intensive training, and the dedication of each competitor, makes the night much more than white collar boxing.“
Colin believes that corporate tickets will be much sought after. As he explained: “Premium tickets work out at £40 per head for a table of 10. It’s extremely good value as you get a ringside seat at a table, as opposed to the usual theatre style seating. Not only that but wine will be provided on each table, food will be served and waiter service will be provided.”
Colin says that the tickets are ideal for corporate entertainment and staff incentives and expects over 600 spectators to attend the event.
The contest will comprise of up to 15 bouts, each containing three, two minute rounds. All bouts will be governed by the rules of the European Boxing Federation with boxers adhering to strict weight categories. Fighters will also be matched by their experience.
Medical support will be on hand to support competitors and each will have to undertake a detailed medical examination before they are allowed to step into the ring.
As Colin explained ‘Battle of the Badges” isn’t for the faint hearted: “They can be gruelling contests and when the contestants climb into the ring, and go glove to glove, none of them will be pulling any punches. Each energy sapping round will make it a really tough challenge for those taking part, but we’ll be taking every precaution necessary to ensure that it’s perfectly safe for the gutsy competitors.”
Colin concluded: “What’s sure is that every jab, bob, block, clinch and punch thrown, throughout the highly charged and emotional evening, will raise vital funds for Caudwell Children. The contest will also be testimony to the ‘friendly’ rivalry between the boxers.”
There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities available; from sponsoring a bout or fight card to advertising and product placement.
To purchase corporate tickets for the event ring Sam Irwin on 01782 600438