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This awesome event ended up in Nicola Toms and Terry Hadaway presenting a huge cheque for £8,557.00 us. If you fancy getting involved in the next Boxing Challenge or just want to try something new – check out Maidstone Boxing Club. Click here to go to Maidstone Boxing’s Facebook page and get signed up!
White-collar boxing had its beginnings at Gleason’s Gym in New York City. Gym owner Bruce Silverglade began organising informal fights between the white-collar workers of his clientele in the late 1980s, which later developed into regular monthly events. After developing into a regular monthly event, the sport came to prominence in the mid-1990s under the organisation of boxing promoter Alan Lacey, who belatedly discovered boxing training at the age of 45. Captivated and motivated by the discipline over the following years, he started training under former European champion Jimmy McDonnell and alongside two-time Olympian and world title challenger Adrian Dodson, who having spent most of his youth at Gleason’s Gym in New York suggested Lacey fulfill his ambition to box, even at the age of 48, and arranged for him to visit Gleason’s and box there. On the flight back to London, Lacey decided white-collar boxing could flourish in London.
In July 2000, the inaugural white-collar boxing event, “Capital Punishment”, in collaboration with Gleason’s owner Bruce Silverglade, saw a team of Wall Street bankers fly to London to compete at Broadgate Arena in London, generating interest and media coverage. Lacey boxed twice on the night and subsequently devoted his time and energy to developing the sport exclusively since. Over 100 sold-out events have followed “Capital Punishment”, including “Celebrity Boxing” on the BBC, featuring, among others, Les Dennis and Ricky Gervais, and raising more than ₤1.5 million for various charities.